Softball Splits Two Games In Day One Of Louisville Slugger Invitational
Nichole Fry extended her hitting streak to six games with four hits Thursday.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State's Rachel Loera had three hits, including two-run triple to help guide a comeback 6-4 win over Boston U., but while the Beach picked up 10 hits against Eastern Michigan, the Eagles held off LBSU 2-1 in the second game of the day.
In the opener with Boston (7-11), Nichole Fry scored in the first inning to give Long Beach State (7-10-1) a one run lead. Singles from Nichole Fry and Sammi Gyerman put two on for the Beach, and after an error loaded the bases, a single from Hannah Cookson brought home the sophomore shortstop.
Christina Clermont was dominant over the first three innings, retiring the Terriers in order with three strikeouts, but ran into trouble after a leadoff walk in the fourth. Alex Heinen singled to put runners on the corners, and then a perfect suicide squeeze tied the game. Two more hits brought home three more runs as Boston took a 4-1 lead.
The comeback was completed in the sixth inning in a big frame for the Beach. A single from Cookson and a walk by Mattie Scheele put two on in front of Loera, who tripled into the gap to bring home a pair and tie the game. Fry was plunked to put runners on the corner for the Beach, and then singles from Gyerman and Maulupe brought home two more to five Long Beach State a 6-4 lead.
Jessica Flores finished off the win in relief, working around a pair of singles to collect her first collegiate victory.
In game two, Eastern Michigan (8-6) struck early, getting a run across in the first inning. Michelle Kriegshauser doubled to start the game, and she would score on an RBI single from Brandice Olmos.
Starting pitcher Devyn Magnett would settle in from there, only allowing three more hits in the remainder of the game, but the Eagles would scratch one more across in the fourth inning. Olivia Logan singled and stole second, and then a second single from Haley Hostetler made the score 2-0 in favor of Eastern Michigan.
Long Beach State cut the lead to one in the fifth inning, as Fry singled to start the frame, and after moving to second on a wild pitch, the sophomore scored on a Tierra Falo single.
In all though, despite making 10 hits against the Eagles, they had no other timely hits, stranding eight in the 2-1 loss as Nicolle Miranda finished off the complete game for Eastern Michigan.
Long Beach State will host three neutral games at the LBSU Softball Complex tomorrow, and then the 49ers return to play on Saturday, starting with an anticipated matchup with No. 10 UCLA at 11:30 a.m. The Beach then finishes their time in the tournament at 2 p.m., playing Harvard.
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