March 10, 2013
Lakewood, Calif. -- The LBSU softball team (14-9) split on the team's final day of action at the Long Beach Invitational, defeating North Dakota State 5-4 while falling to South Alabama 4-1.
Long Beach went 2-3 overall at the tournament, posting a win vs. Charleston Southern on Saturday (6-1) and losing to UCLA (6-3) on Friday and Virginia Tech (6-1, 8 innings) on Thursday.
LBSU 5, North Dakota State 4
As the visiting team NDSU was at bat first and put a runner on base after a walk. The runner then stole second and after an error by the 49ers, was able to come home to score the first run of the game. LBSU then was up to bat, but the Bison made quick work of the top of the order.
Erin Jones-Wesley answered, taking care of NDSU's first three batters as LBSU went back on offense. Tautalafua singled to left center and then advanced to second after an illegal pitch. She then advanced to third after a wild pitch, but was left stranded after a pop up by Karli Sandoval and a strikeout by Sarah Carrasco.
In the third, NDSU reached on an error by De Gaetano and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt. A single by NDSU brought in the runner to put NDSU up 2-0. With the bases loaded, Jones-Wesley was able to strike out the batter, leaving three Bison left on base. Back on defense, NDSU took care of the first three batters to end the inning.
Jones-Wesley walked the first batter in the fourth, but struck out the next. After a fielder's choice moved the runner to second and tallied the second out, Jones-wesley was able to strike out the next batter to end the inning. The 49ers started off the bottom of the fourth with a walk and then De Gaetano hit a home run to center field to tie the game at 2 all. Nalani St. Germain followed that up with a booming home run shot to center field that landed on the basketball courts outside the park to put the 49ers up 3-2. After a pitching change by NDSU, the Bison were able to get out of the inning with no more damage done.
Both teams were held scoreless in the fifth inning and NDSU opened up the sixth with a single to the short stop. After a ground out, the Bison singled to center field and after the throw, had runners on second and third. A single brought in two runs after an error by Kimbrough to put NDSU up 4-3. Long Beach then made a pitching change as Amanda Hansen headed to the circle. She was able to get out of the inning with zero hits.
The sixth inning started with De Gaetano getting hit by a pitch and then Emily Gregorio was brought in to pinch run. After St. Germain was walked, Gregorio advanced to second and the Bison made a pitching change. After a passed ball, Gregorio and St. Germain each advanced to the next base (2nd & 3rd) and then a single by Tautalafua would bring both in to score, putting the 49ers up 5-4. LBSU loaded the bases, but NDSU was able to avoid any more runs as the game went to the seventh inning.
Hansen was able to get out of the top of the seventh giving up just one hit as the 49ers would win 5-4.
South Alabama 4, LBSU 1
In the second game, Hansen got the start in the circle and got out of the first inning giving up just one run. Kimbrough was walked to start the bottom of the first, but the 49ers could not score a run as they went back on defense.
South Alabama flied out to third-base to start the inning and then singled to right center to put a runner on base. Hansen gave up a walk, followed by a single, which loaded the bases for the Jaguars. After a single to left field, South Alabama scored. They tacked on another run after a sacrifice to center field and after a ground out, ended the top of the second up 2-0. South Alabama then worked through the first three batters, putting the team back on offense.
The 49ers opened the third inning by making a pitching change, replacing Hansen with Carbajal, who got out of the inning giving up just a walk. Back on offense, Carrasco was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the third. Ashley Holmes then popped up to third base and Gregorio struck out swinging. Kimbrough then singled to center field, which advanced Carrasco to second, but the 49ers could not get a run after Brianna Stephen fouled out to end the inning.
South Alabama singled to start the fourth, but couldn't score a run as Selene Pola was brought in to pitch. Back on offense, the 49ers got two walks, but could not score either, ending the fourth still down 2-0.
With runners on second and third, a single by South Alabama would bring in the team's third run of the game. After a sacrifice, they were able to score again and ended the inning up 4-0. LBSU was able to get a hit after Kimbrough singled to center field, but could not score as the game headed to the sixth inning.
De Gaetano homered to left field to start the sixth inning, but the 49ers couldn't score any more runs as they still trailed 4-1. Pola was able to take care of the top of the order, putting LBSU back on offense for the team's final chance to win the game. South Alaabama took down the first three batters, ending the game with a final score of 4-1 in the Jaguars favor.
LBSU returns to the 49er Softball Complex on Wednesday for a doubleheader with Buffalo (1:00 pm/3:00 pm) before heading to Santee, Calif. for the San Diego State Classic II.
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