Softball Notches Two Wins on Day One of San Diego State Classic II
The 49ers defeated Massachusetts 9-1 and Miami (OH) 4-2.
March 15, 2013
Santee, Calif. Long Beach State (17-10) notched two wins on day one of the San Diego State Classic as it defeated Massachusetts 9-1 and Miami (OH) 4-2 on Friday.
Game 1 - LBSU 9, UMASS 1
The 49ers got on the board first after a fly out by Darian Tautalafua brought home Brianna Stephan, ending inning one up 1-0. Erin Jones-Wesley then took to the circle and took care of the first four batters, giving up just one hit. UMASS then made quick work of the top of the order and went back on offense where the team could only manage a walk as Jones-Wesley went through the first four batters quickly.
Dan Garcia opened up the third inning with a single and then moved to second after a bunt single by Shayna Kimbrough. After a sacrifice fly by St. Germain, Garcias was able to score as the 49ers went up 2-0. With Massachusetts back on offense, the first batter was hit by a Jones-Wesley pitch. She then struck out the next batter, with the next UMASS player grounding out as the runner on first advanced to second. Massachusetts then hit a single, which brought in a Massachusetts run to pull the team within 2-1.
The top of the fourth started with a pop up to the short stop by Karli Sandoval. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi then hit a single. Jones-Wesley came into the lineup and reached first on a fielder's choice, while Tupua Tautalatasi was thrown out at second. Ashley Holmes then singled and advanced to second on a throwing error, which moved Jones-Wesley to third. Garcia then singled to the pitcher, which brought in jones-Wesley for a run to put The Beach up 3-1.
Back in the circle, Jones-Wesley got the first batter to ground out, but walked the second. After a fly out, another batter was walked, but Jones-Wesley was able to get out of the inning without giving up a run after striking out the final batter of the inning.
Stephan started the fifth off with a single to the short stop. After a pop up by St. Germain, Tautalafua was walked, putting runners at first and second. Sandoval then flied out to left field. Tautalafua was then walked, loading up the bases for the 49ers, but Jones-Wesley flied out to end the inning with LBSU still up 3-1. Jones-Wesley then got three quick outs in the circle as the game headed to the sixth inning.
UMASS knocked off the first three LBSU batters as the Minutewomen went back on offense. Jones-Wesley struck out the first two batters, before giving up a single to right field, but was able to get a ground out to end the inning.
Stephan opened up the top of the seventh with a single to the left side, but was thrown out on a fielder's choice, which put St. Germain on first. Tautalafua then popped up to first base for the second out of the inning. St. Germain stole second with Sandoval up at bat. Sandoval hit a single to right center, which brought in St. Germain for the 49ers fourth score of the game (4-1). Emily Gregorio was then brought in to pinch run for Sandoval. Tupua-Tautalatasi then reached first on an error, moving Gregorio to second. Jones-Wesley then hit a double to left field, bringing in Gregorio and Tupua-Tautalatasi to put LBSU up 6-1. The 49er pitcher then moved to third after a UMASS pitching error. Ashley Holmes then hit a single, bringing in Jones-Wesley for another 49er run (7-1).Garcia followed with a single through the right side, putting runners on first and second.
The 49er offense kept rolling after a triple by Kimbrough brought in two more LBSU runs, putting Long Beach up 9-1, which caused UMASS to make a pitching change. With the new pitcher, Stephan flied out, ending the inning. Jones-Wesley struck out the first batter, got the second to ground out, and ended the game with a fly out for her ninth win of the season (9-6). The junior recorded her eighth complete game, while notching eight strike outs.
Game 2 - LBSU 4, Miami (OH) 2
In the second game, Selene Pola got the start in the circle, but after giving up two runs in the top of the first, was replaced by Amanda Hansen. The 49ers did not score in the bottom of the first and Miami couldn't get anything going in the second. LBSU opened up the bottom of the second with a double by Sandoval, who then scored after a Tupua-Tautalatasi single. Jones-Wesley then reached based on an error by the second baseman as Tupua-Tautalatasi moved to third. Holmes then singled to the pitcher to bring in Tuputa-Tautalatasi for a run, tying the game at two all.
Both teams failed to score a run in the third or fourth innings, but the 49ers were able to get some offense going in the bottom of the fifth as Stephan started the inning with a single. St. Germain then singled as Stephan moved to third. Tautalafua then hit a single, bringing in Stephan for a run. Miami made a pitching change, but the 49er bats were still hot as Sandoval then hit a single, bringing in St. Germain for LBSU's fourth and final run of the game.
Hansen improved to 4-3 with the win as she pitched six full innings with 0 hits or runs, two strikeouts and two walks.
Long Beach continues play at the San Diego Classic on Saturday when they face Harvard at 11:30 am and Fairfield at 2:00 pm.
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