March 16, 2013
Santee, Calif. -- Long Beach State softball (18-11) split day two of competition at the San Diego State Classic II, defeating Harvard 3-2, but falling to Fairfield 2-0. Through two days of games, LBSU is 3-1 at the tournament.
Game 1 - LBSU 3, Harvard 2
Erin Jones-Wesley got the start against Harvard and made quick work of the top of the order, striking out the first two batters, followed by a ground out. LBSU then went to bat, which started off with a Kimbrough, followed by a Brianna Stephan strike out. Nalani St. Germain then hit a two-run homer to put The Beach up 2-0. Darian Tautalafua followed with her own solo home run, pushing the 49er lead to 3-0. Karli Sandoval then struck out swinging, which was followed by Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi walking. She then stole second, but the inning ended after a Jones-Wesley fly out.
Jones-Wesley gave up a double to start the second, but struck out the next batter and a ground out gave Harvard its third out. She was able to get out of the inning with another strikeout as LBSU continued to lead 3-0.
Harvard shut down the next three LBSU batters, putting the Crimson back on offense. The first batter grounded out, followed by another Jones-Wesley strike out. Harvard hit a single, but the runner was caught stealing, ending the inning for Harvard. Stephan opened up the bottom of the third with a single, and advanced to second after a St. Germain ground out. Tautalafua then lined out to right field and Sandoval grounded out, ending the inning with one runner left on base.
In the fourth, Jones-Wesley gave up a single, but Harvard could not manage a run, bringing the 49ers back to the batter's box. The first two batters were a ground out and pop up, but LBSU was able to get runners on first and second after Ashley Holmes was walked and Dana Garcia reached on a throwing error. Kimbrough ended the inning with a pop up as two runners were left on base.
Jones-Wesley made quick work of the first three batters in the top of the fifth, as LBSU went back on offense. Stephan doubled to start the inning, but was left on base after three straight outs for the 49ers. In the sixth, Harvard finally got on the board with two runs to close within 3-2 of the 49ers' lead, but would come no closer as LBSU would hold on to win.
Jones-Wesley improved to 9-6 with today's win as she recorded 11 strikeouts on the day.
Game 2 - Fairfield 2, LBSU 0
In the second game, Amanda Hansen got the start and the loss (4-4) as the 49ers fell 2-0 to Fairfield. LBSU was up to bat first and could only manage a single from St. Germain. Hansen took out the top of the order for Fairfield, putting LBSU up to bat. The Beach was able to get runners on first and second after back-to-back singles by Tupua-Tautalatasi and Holmes, but were left on base after Emily Gregorio struck out swinging and Garcia grounded out.
Hansen walked the two of the first three Fairfield batters in the bottom of the second, and after giving up a single, Fairfield was able to score the first run of the game. They talked on another run after a throwing error by Tupua-Tautalatasi as the 49ers trailed 2-0. LBSU went 0-6 from the batter's box over the next two innings, and finally got runners on base in the fifth started off by a Garcia single. Kimbrough then singled, but Garcia was thrown out at home, ending the inning with the 49ers trailing 2-0.
Hansen was able to knock off the first three batters in the fifth as LBSU went back on offense. St. Germain hit a double to left field, but the 49ers couldn't convert that into any runs. Hansen gave up one hit in the sixth, but Fairfield was unable to score as LBSU had their final at bat to try and win the game.
In the top of the seventh, the 49ers opened with two ground outs, one by Tupua-Tautalatasi and then Holmes. Jones-Wesley came in to pinch hit and singled down the right field line, but Garcia popped up to end the game with the 49ers falling 2-0.
The 49ers wrap up play in Santee on Sunday when they face San Jose State at 11:30 am.
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