March 23, 2013
San Luis Obispo -- The 49er softball team (20-13) opened up Big West Conference play with two wins on Saturday, defeating Cal Poly 5-4 and 1-0 in a doubleheader. The final game of the series will be held on Sunday at noon.
Game 1: LBSU 5, Cal Poly 4
In the top of the first, the 49ers were only able to get a batter on base, Hannah De Gaetano, after she was hit by a pitch, but a line out by Nalani St. Germain ended the 49ers batting session. Amana Hansen got the start at pitcher and gave up just one single, while striking out a batter in the bottom of the inning.
Darian Tautalafua started off the second inning with a double, but three straight outs by the 49ers left her on base. Hansen gave up another single in the bottom of the inning, but a double play picked up the second and third outs, ending the second with the score 0-0.
In the top of the third, Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi started the 49ers off with a single to the pitcher. Shayna Kimbrough then hit a bunt and advanced to second on an error by the second baseman, moving Tupua-Tautalatasi to third. Tupua-Tautalatasi was then thrown out at home after a fielder's choice, which was hit by Brianna Stephen. After De Gaetano was walked, the bases were loaded for the 49ers. After a St. Germain strikeout, Tautalafua doubled down the left field line, bringing in Stephan and Kimbrough to give the 49ers a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Hansen gave up another hit, but the Mustangs could not convert as the game headed to the fourth with the 49ers leading 2-0.
Sarah Carrasco singled to start the fourth, but was thrown out after trying to get a second base and two more quick outs put Cal Poly back up to bat. The Mustangs got another hit, but couldn't convert it into a run as the 49ers still led 2-0.
LBSU got a single in the top of the fifth, but nothing else as Cal Poly went back on offense. Hansen gave up a double to start the inning, and after a fielding error by Kimbrough on the fourth batter, Cal Poly scored its first run of the game. A single for the Mustangs followed next, bringing in another run as Cal Poly tied the game at 2-2.
St. Germain started the top of the sixth off with a single through the left side and then Tautalafua drilled a homerun to centerfield to put the 49ers up 4-2. Karli Sandoval followed with her own solo homerun to push the LB lead to 5-2. In the bottom of the inning, Hansen gave up two singles in the bottom of the inning, and then after a double, Cal Poly was able to score two runs to close within 5-4. No other damage was done after a ground out ending the inning.
Kimbrough started the seventh with a bunt single and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephan, but the 49ers ended the inning with zero runs while holding on to a 5-4 lead as Cal Poly was up to bat for its last attempt to try to win the game. The Mustangs could manage only one hit, as LBSU held on to win the first game, 5-4. With the win, Hansen improved to 5-4 on the season as she pitched a complete game with just two earned runs.
Game 2: LBSU 1, Cal Poly 0
Cal Poly took quickly took care of the top of the 49er batting order to start the game and moved into the batter's box. Christian Carbajal got the start and walked the first Mustang batter before striking out the second. The runner on first stole second and Carbajal then walked the next batter, but she was able to get out of the jam without giving up any runs.
Cal Poly again knocked off the first three Long Beach batters in the top of the second, putting the Mustangs back up to bat. The team started with a pop up and then Carbajal gave up a single to the left side. A sacrifice bunt moved the first base runner to second, while tallying the second out. Carbajal walked the next batter, but got out of the inning without giving up a run.
The 49ers loaded the bases in the top of the third, but couldn't get any runs to score. Cal Poly hit a single to start the bottom of the inning, but couldn't get a run to score either as the game was scoreless after three.
After Cal Poly walked Tautalafua and Sandoval, Carrasco hit a single to bring in Tautalafua for the first score of the game. Carbajal then took care of the top of the order, moving the game to the fifth inning with LBSU up 1-0.
Cal Poly responded by knocking off the first LBSU batters, putting the team back in the batter's box. Carbajal struck out the first batter, and then gave up a single and a walk to put runners on first and second. She then walked the next batter to load the bases for Cal Poly. Carbajal struck out the next batter and got the third out on a fly out, getting out of a major jam without any damage done.
In the top of the sixth, Tautalafua was walked and then Sandoval hit a single to put runners on first and second, but the 49ers couldn't get a run to score, leaving both runners left on base. Carbajal knocked off the first three batters, moving the game to the top of the seventh.
Loni Tyler made her 2013 debut in the top of the seventh, coming in to pinch hit for Tupua-Tautalatasi, but she flied out to left field. She was followed by a pop up by Kimbrough and a ground out by Stephan as Cal Poly had one last chance to try to tie or win the game. The first Mustang batter struck out swinging, which was followed by a pop up for the second out. A line out ended the game as Carbajal pitched just her second complete game of the season, while improving to 5-2.
The 49ers will head to UC Riverside next weekend as they continue conference play. First up is a doubleheader beginning at noon on Friday, Mar. 29, followed by a single game on Saturday, Mar. 30 at noon.
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