March 11, 2012
Lakewood, Calif.- - The 49ers finished the final game of the Long Beach State Invitational with a 5-0 win over Charleston Southern, hosted at Mayfair Park.
The 49ers took advantage of an early error by the Buccaneers short stop, stretching out the inning after failing to record the third out. The next batter, Ashlynn Booker, drew a walk moving Hannah De Gaetano to second base. With a full count, St. Germain roped the ball up the middle scoring De Gaetano from second giving LBSU a 1-0 lead.
Long Beach State (10-17) built its lead up to 3-0, scoring two unearned runs with two outs punched in the bottom of the fourth inning. Megan Denio reached base on a single up the middle. After, Cya Neal was safe at first base due to a fielding error by the short stop. Shayna Kimbrough singled up the middle to load the bases before De Gaetano knocked a hit past the third basemen scoring Denio and Neal.
Charleston Southern (11-11) failed to score in the game, making it only the third time all season they had been shut out.
The 49ers added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning gaining a 5-0 advantage. Denio walked and stole second before being pushed to third on a single by Kimbrough. She scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly from De Gaetano. Kimbrough stole second and then scored on a single past first base by pinch hitter Loni Tyler.
Starting her fourth game of the tournament, Erin Jones-Wesley (10-8) topped off her 14th complete game of the season pitching a shut out allowing only four hits and striking out six.
De Gaetano posted the high stat line for the 49ers, going 2-3 with three RBI's and one recorded run. St. Germain and Shayna Kimbrough both went 2-4 with an RBI for LBSU.
Buccaneers starter Jen Giles (2-5) lasted 3.2 innings allowing only one run, but was removed from the game when the 9ers had the bases loaded with two outs gone in the bottom of the fourth inning. Reliever Morgan Dowdy gave up two runs off four hits in the final 2.1 innings of the contest.
Megan Lombard led the Buccaneers with two hits on three at bats. Linzy Rother and Hayes Holdsworth recorded the other two hits for CSU.
Long Beach State hosts the 9-9 Iowa Cyclones on March 13, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Campus Field.
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