Softball Loses A Pair To Top Ten Teams
Long Beach State welcomed back Lauren Lombardi as a pinch hitter in the losses.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State softball had a tough task at hand on Tuesday, facing No. 5 Arizona and No. 9 Oklahoma, and while the Beach took both games the full seven innings the 49ers lost both games, falling 4-0 to Arizona and 14-0 to Oklahoma.
Long Beach State (7-15-1) had their best chance for a second ranked win in the opening game. Mandie Perez opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the third inning to give Arizona (26-1) the lead, but the Beach threatened in the fourth inning.
Julia Lombardi led off the bottom half with a double, and was followed by singles from Hannah Cookson and LT Torres to load the bases with no outs. Arizona pitcher Taylor McQuillin responded by striking out three consecutive batters to end the threat, however, the best for Long Beach State in the game.
Arizona capitalized on a defensive miscue in the fifth inning, scoring two more runs, and while Jessica Flores came on and allowed one hit in two innings of relief, no other major chances materialized for the Beach in a 4-0 loss.
Oklahoma (21-5) struck early in the second game and had a masterful performance from Mariah Lopez, who threw a no-hitter to improve to 8-0 on the season. Flores continued in the circle, getting the start for the Beach, and the Sooners loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a fielder's choice, and then a single from Fale Aviu and a squeeze bunt from Shay Knighten made the score 2-0.
The Sooners tacked on two more runs in the third inning, and pushed three more across with back-to-back doubles in the sixth inning.
Lauren Lombardi, returning as a pinch hitter after what was feared to be a season-ending injury, drew a walk to break up a perfect game attempt from Lopez, but the game got away from Skie Munoz and the Beach in the seventh, as seven more runs came in to score with the big damage coming from two straight triples from Nicole Mendes and Nicole Pendley.
Long Beach State will get a quick turnaround with a chance to shake off the losses however, hosting Texas at the LBSU Softball complex Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
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