March 2, 2012
SANTEE, Calif. - Long Beach State split a pair of games in day one of the San Diego State Tournament on Friday. The 49ers beat Nevada 6-5 in 10 innings in their opener, before dropping a 10-1 decision to Utah State in the late game.
Cya Neal led LBSU (7-12) with four hits in the doubleheader.
The 49ers return to action Saturday with two more games in the tournament. They meet BYU at 11:30 a.m., before facing Charlotte at 2 p.m.
Game 1: Long Beach State 6, Nevada 5 (10)
Neal went 3-for-6 with the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the 49ers snap a six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Wolf Pack.
Nalani St. Germain started the 10th inning at second as part of the international tie breaker. She advanced to third when Megan Denio reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, and scored on Neal's hit to left field.
Neal was one of four 49ers who had multiple hits as LBSU collected 10 hits. Ashlynn Booker went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Denio was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Shayna Kimbrough went 2-for-5 with one run scored. Hannah De Gaetano had a pair of RBI.
Erin Jones-Wesley (7-5) picked up the win throwing a complete game, her 10th of the season, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts.
Nevada (4-12) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but the 49ers rallied to tie it with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Booker keyed the rally with a one-out, two-run double scoring Kimbrough and Neal to tie the game 3-3. Denio opened the inning with a single, advanced to second on a hit by Neal and to third on a hit by Kimbrough, before scoring on a De Gaetano ground out.
LBSU added a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error on a ball hit by Kimbrough and a De Gaetano sacrifice fly to take a 7-5 lead. Nevada answered with two runs in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
Game 2: Utah State 10, Long Beach State 1 (5)
The Aggies scored five runs in the bottom of the first and added four more in the bottom of the fourth en route to a 10-1 win over the 49ers in five innings.
The 49ers scored its lone run in the top of the first on a RBI single by St. Germain. LBSU finished with seven hits, but nobody had more than one. Long Beach State also committed five errors in the loss.
Christian Carbajal (0-3) took the loss allowing 10 runs, but just one earned, in four innings. Utah State (6-6) finished with just five hits.
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