March 19, 2013
The 49er softball team (18-13) fell to Colorado State (13-14) on Tuesday afternoon at the 49er Softball Complex in the final game before starting conference play this weekend.
Amanda Hansen started in the circle for the 49ers and started the game off by hitting the batter. She followed that up with a ground out sacrifice bunt, which moved the Rams runner to second, and then struck out the next batter. After hitting another batter, Colorado State had runners on first and second, but Hansen was able to get out of the jam after a pop up. The 49ers couldn't get any offense going in the bottom of the first as Colorado State's pitcher made quick work of the first three batters.
In the second, Hansen walked the first batter, who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Hansen struck out the next batter, but the runner on second was able to steal third. Colorado State got another batter on base after a passed ball following a strikeout, but Hansen got out of the inning with no runs on the board. With LBSU back up to bat, Colorado State again got three quick outs to end the inning.
In the third, the first Rams batter popped up, but the next was walked by Hansen. She was able to strike out the next batter, but walked another, putting runners on first and second. However, a ground out ended the inning with two Colorado State runners left on base. Another LBSU inning lasted just three batters as the 49ers again struggled to get any offense going.
Hansen was able to knock off the first three batters for Colorado State in the top of the fourth. The 49ers finally got someone on base after Nalani St. Germain was walked, but Darian Tautalafua ended the inning on a fly out.
Hansen again went through the first three batters for the Rams quickly, putting the 49ers back up to bat. Karli Sandoval started off the inning with a single to right field, and, after a double by Sarah Carrasco, came home to score the first run of the game for either team.
In the top of the sixth, Hansen walked the first batter and was then replaced by Christian Carbajal, who got a fly out to start her time in the circle. After a sacrifice bunt moved the first base runner to second, Carbajal gave up a single to center field as a Colorado State runner came home to tie the game after a throw. After another single, Colorado State was able to tack on one more run to lead 2-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, the first two 49er batters grounded out, but St. Germain hit a single to get on base. Tautalafua struck out looking to end the inning, leaving the tying run on first base. Carbajal was able to knock off the top of the order, putting LBSU back on offense for their final chance to tie or win the game.
Three straight outs for the 49ers ended the game, sealing the win for Colorado State. Carbajal was credited with the loss as her season record stands at 4-2.
Long Beach heads to San Luis Obispo to face Cal Poly in the opening weekend of Big West play. The 49ers will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon, with one game being played on Sunday at noon.
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