Softball Makes Late Charge But Falls 13-5 To No. 14 Michigan
Long Beach State scored five runs in the fifth inning, but still lost via the run-rule to Michigan.
Fullerton, Calif. - Long Beach State scored five runs in the fifth inning the half the team’s deficit against Michigan, but the No. 14 Wolverines scored three runs in the bottom half to close out a 13-5 win over the Beach Saturday at the Judi Garman Classic.
Sammy Gyerman had two hits for Long Beach State (5-9-1), leading an offense that struggled early but capitalized later the game.
Michigan (12-6-1) took an early lead against the Beach, scoring four runs in the first inning as Christina Clermont walked her first three batters, and then a double from Aidan Falk scored three runs, with Falk coming around to score on a fourth walk in the inning.
Clermont walked the first batter of the second inning, ending her day, and two errors in the frame compounded the problems as Michigan added five more runs to take a 9-0 lead after two innings.
With Michigan in the lead 10-0 after four innings, Long Beach State battled back to cut the lead to five runs with a great top half of the inning. LT Torres started off the inning with a single, and then two walks loaded the bases before a passed ball brought home the first run of the game for the 49ers.
Michigan would score three runs in the bottom of the fifth, however, walking the game off with an RBI single from Thais Gonzalez to end the game.
Long Beach State finishes the Judi Garman Classic tomorrow with two games. The Beach will first play Indiana at 9 a.m. before facing South Carolina at 2 p.m. in Fullerton.
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