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Rowland And Fry Lead Rally Past Colgate

March 17, 2018

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Los Angeles, Calif. - Taylor Rowland and Nichole Fry each hit two-run home runs to help No. 22 Long Beach State rally from a three-run deficit against Colgate on the way to a 9-6 win.

Rowland went 4-for-4 with that home run, a double and had 4 RBI, tying a career-high with four hits and capping an incredible day in Los Angeles for the sophomore.

The offensive showcase helped Long Beach State (23-7) recover from some unlucky breaks during the early part of the game.

The Beach took an early lead after a pair of early doubles. Fry and Tierra Falo both doubled to put a pair of runners on in front of Rowland, who singled into right center to score both and give LBSU a 2-0 lead over Colgate (3-18) after one inning.

The Raiders would bounce back however, tying the game after a few 49er mistakes and some fortune. An error from Jamie Wren in left field gave Colgate a runner in scoring position with no outs, and then in a wild play, a bunt would bring that run home. Catcher Justine Briones had to avoid the batter Blake Brackett in front of the batter's box to collect the ball, and then clipped the side of Brackett with the throw to first, bringing home the run and putting the Colgate batter on second.



A grounder moved Brackett over to third, and finally a safety squeeze brought her home to tie the game at 2-2.

Riding that momentum, Colgate took a three-run lead in the top of the fourth. Meghan Romero doubled to start the inning, and after getting pushed to third, a single by Jordan Miller gave the Raiders the lead. An error by Fry kept the inning going, and Colgate capitalized by adding two more runs to take a 5-2 lead.

Long Beach State didn't panic, however, and chipped away at the lead. Grayce Majam doubled to start the bottom of the fourth, and after an RBI single from Briones, Fry homered to left field to tie up the game before the end of the inning.

Back-to-back doubles from Rowland and Wren put the Beach back on top 6-5 after the fifth, and then the Beach got important insurance in the sixth. Naomi Hernandez reached on an error, and after an RBI single from Tierra Falo, Rowland capped her day with a fourth hit, a massive home run that put the Beach in front 9-5.

The Raiders added a run in the top of the seventh, but Jessica Flores finished off the game to collect her fifth win of the season, striking out five in a complete game.

Combined with the first game of the day, Rowland finished the day 6-for-6 at the plate with three doubles, a home run, a sacrifice fly and a walk, producing seven RBI while coming away with something positive on every plate appearance on Saturday.

Long Beach State returns to LMU tomorrow, and will face the host Lions at 3:30 p.m. at Smith Field.

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