March 7, 2014
Fullerton, Calif. - Long Beach State Softball extended its winning streak to eight straight games, defeating Houston 7-5 before taking down San Jose State 3-1 in a pair of games Saturday at the Judi Garman Classic.
In game one, the 49ers were able to hold off a late charge from the Cougars to take a 7-5 win.
Long Beach State opened up a big lead in the second inning with a four-run frame. Karli Sandoval drew a leadoff walk to get LBSU started, and Ashlyn Booker continued her hot hitting with a single to put two runners on. After a fielder's choice, Sarah Carrasco singled to bring home a run. Two straight walks from Diedre Outon brought home a run while keeping the bases loaded. An error on an attempt to double up the 49ers after another out scored two more runs to put the 49ers in front 4-0.
A solo home run by Darian Tautalafua put the 49ers in front 5-0, and while Houston scored a pair in the bottom of the fifth, Long Beach State opened up another five-run lead on a two-run shot by Hannah De Gaetano.
A three-run home run by Jaime Edwards threatened the win, but Amanda Hansen was able to collect herself and pick up the final out to get the complete game win for Long Beach State.
Shayna Kimbrough doubled to kick off the first inning of the San Jose State game, as Long Beach State (15-6) scored an early run. Cya Neal pushed Kimbrough to third base, and De Gaetano lifted a fly to left to easily score the junior.
Kimbrough started another rally for Long Beach State in the third inning, singling with one out. Neal followed with another single, and after a pop from De Gaetano dropped in, an error from San Jose State's Devin Caldwell trying to catch Kimbrough at third allowed the junior to score. Neal would then come home on a wild pitch.
Erin Jones-Wesley was dominant through the first five innings, but allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth, and the Spartans threatened once more in the bottom of the seventh after a one-out single from Caldwell. Jones-Wesley captured a key strikeout, her sixth of the game, catching Kryn Masutani looking, and after a walk and an error put two in scoring position, the senior was able to get Erin Rodriguez to pop up with the bases loaded following an intentional pass to end the game.
Long Beach State will play two more games at the Judi Garman Classic this weekend, continuing Saturday as the 49ers play Wisconsin at 3 p.m.
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