Hannah De Gaetano
March 8, 2013
Lakewood, Calif. - Long Beach State (12-8) dropped its second straight game on Friday night falling to the eleventh ranked UCLA Bruins by a score of 6-3.
Game two of the LB Invitational began with some early difficulty for the 49ers as UCLA loaded the bases and scored two runs on three hits. Erin Jones-Wesley worked out of trouble with a strike out and pop out to second to stop the early Bruin barrage.
Shayna Kimbrough started the bottom of the first off with a single to center field for the 49ers, but Brianna Stephan lined into an unassisted double play to first followed by a Hannah De Gaetano pop up to second base to end the first.
The 49ers made a pitching change to begin the top of the second inning bringing in Christian Carbajal to relieve Jones-Wesley. Carbajal was able to hold the Bruins at bay after allowing a bunt single and a walk.
UCLA loaded the bases in the top of the third inning, but were only able to push across one run on a fielder's choice to shortstop to increase the Bruin lead to 3-0.
Beginning her third inning of work, Carbajal held the Bruin bats to one hit and no runs in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Nalani St. Germain got Long Beach State going by lining a double to deep left field. Darian Tautalafua followed with a run-scoring single up the middle to cut the Bruin lead to 3-1.
The Bruins quickly answered back in the top of the fifth inning after a bunt single and a throwing error allowed a runner at second to score pushing the UCLA lead to 4-1. In the bottom half of the inning, the 49ers cut the Bruin lead to 4-2 with a run-scoring double to right field by Brianna Stephan. De Gaetano continued the onslaught with a run-scoring single to center to pull Long Beach State within one run, but St. Germain struck out looking to end the inning.
Once again UCLA matched the 49er rally in the top of the sixth knocking in two runs on a homerun to left field to give the Bruins a 6-3 advantage. Amanda Hansen relieved Carbajal following the homerun and recorded the final two outs of the inning.
The bottom of the seventh inning saw the 49ers unable to put together a final inning comeback ultimately falling to UCLA by the count of 6-3.
Long Beach State will look to get back in the win column on Saturday evening when they are back in action to take on Charleston Southern at 7 pm at Mayfair Park.
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