March 7, 2013
Lakewood, Calif. - The Long Beach State softball team (12-7), dropped its first game of the LB Invitational on Thursday evening, falling to Virginia Tech 6-1 in extra innings at Mayfair Park.
Erin Jones-Wesley worked a perfect top of the first inning by setting the Hokies down in order. The inning included a stellar diving catch in right field by Darian Tautalafua to record the final out of the inning.
Shayna Kimbrough led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Kimbrough then advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the next two 49er batters struck out to end the inning.
In the top of the second inning Jones-Wesley worked out of trouble, two on and nobody out, by inducing a line drive double play and then notched her first strike out of the game to end the inning.
The bottom of the second started off promising when Nalani St. Germain lined a double down the left field line, but she was called out at third trying to advance. The 49ers ended the inning with two groundouts.
Hannah De Gaetano singled to left to start the fourth inning and Emily Gregorio was sent in to pinch run. Gregorio advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Karli Sandoval, but was left on base following two strikeouts.
The 49ers ran in to trouble in the top of the fifth inning as the Hokies loaded the bases with only one out. Jones-Wesley worked out of the jam by getting a fly out to shallow left and ended the inning with her seventh strike out of the game.
The bottom of the fifth produced the 49ers best scoring opportunity of the evening when Brianna Stephan singled with two outs and advanced to third following Kimbrough's third hit of the game. The rally ended with a ground out to second.
In the top of the sixth the Hokies scored the first run of the game with a two out single to center. The run scoring single was the first hit of the game for Virginia Tech.
Battling back in the bottom half of the sixth, the 49ers matched the Hokies and tied the game up on a bases loaded walk by Sarah Carrasco. The Hokies escaped further damage by striking out the next two batters to end the threat.
The top of the eighth inning began with a runner on second, per the extra inning tiebreaker rule. The runner advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run for Virginia Tech on a single to right field giving them a 2-1 advantage. The Hokies added four insurance runs to that total with a grand slam homerun that extended the lead to 6-1.
Down to their final chance the 49ers had two runners on base, but were unable to score in the bottom of the eighth falling to Virginia Tech by a final score of 6-1.
Long Beach State falls to (12-7) on the year and will take on the eleventh ranked Bruins of UCLA tomorrow night at 7:00 pm at Mayfair Park.
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