March 22, 2014
San Diego, Calif. - Long Beach State surrendered a seventh inning lead to force extra innings, but rebounded with three runs in the eighth inning to hold off a Torero rally 7-6 on the road in San Diego.
Long Beach State dropped the second game against San Jose State, evening the season series with the Spartans at one apiece.
In the opener, Long Beach State (21-9) opened up a crucial lead with a four-run inning in the second. Karli Sandoval started the frame with a leadoff single, and Hannah De Gaetano continued the inning in a two-out rally with a single. After Sarah Carrasco was hit by a pitch, and a walk to Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi with the bases loaded brought home the first run of the game. With the bases still loaded, a single by Shayna Kimbrough scored two more runs, with an error adding one more to give Long Beach State a big lead over San Diego.
The Toreros pushed across a single run in the bottom of the third inning, but forced extra innings with a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dana Prelsnik led off the inning with a double, and while Erin Jones-Wesley got within one out of the complete game victory, a two-run single by Danielle Marvides sent the game into extra innings.
The 49ers rebounded with a huge inning in the eighth. With Sandoval placed on second, Darian Tautalafua singled to put two runners on for Ashley Holmes, who doubled to score a pair for Long Beach State. Holmes then scored on a single by Tupua-Tautalatasi to give the 49ers a three-run lead. The Toreros threatened by scoring the designated runner as well as an additional run, but Amanda Hansen came on in relief for Long Beach State and captured her second save of the season by collecting the final two outs of the game.
In game two of the tournament, Long Beach State opened a 3-0 lead behind a pair of unearned runs against the Spartans. San Jose State tied the game with a trio of runs in the sixth inning, however, tying the game to force extra innings. San Jose State was able to grab the advantage in the eighth inning, scoring three runs against Selene Pola who wrapped up the final 1.2 innings of regulation as well as the seventh, while the 49ers were only able to score the designated runner in their half, leading to a 6-4 defeat.
Long Beach State will have a rematch with both teams Sunday, starting with San Jose State at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow before closing the tournament against the hosts at 5:30 p.m.
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