March 24, 2013
San Luis Obispo, Calif. -- The 49er softball team (20-14) dropped the final game of the opening series of conference play on Sunday, falling to Cal Poly 2-0. Long Beach won both games on Saturday to win the series.
The 49ers started the game with a bases loaded first inning, but they could not get a run to score. After a solid outing in the second game on Saturday, Christian Carbajal got the start in the circle on Sunday, but had a rough start to her day. She walked the first batter, and then gave up a single. Another single brought in a Mustang run, which was followed by a double, scoring a second run for Cal Poly as it lead 2-0 early. LBSU then brought Amanda Hansen in to pitch where she got the final two outs of the inning.
Sarah Carrasco started the second inning off with a single, but three straight outs put the 49ers back on defense. With Hansen now pitching, she was able to get through the top of the order to end the inning with a strikeout, ground out and pop up.
LBSU opened up the third inning with two straight singles, one by Brianna Stephan and the other by Hannah De Gaetano, but the 49ers couldn't get any runs to score and left two runners on base. Hansen again did a solid job in the bottom of the inning, allowing just one hit through four batters.
Carrasco hit her second single of the game in the top of the fourth, which was followed by a fielder's choice by Ashley Holmes. Carrasco was thrown out at second on the play for the first out of the inning. After a fly out by Darian Tautalafua, Shayna Kimbrough hit a single to get on base, but again the 49ers on base were left stranded as the inning ending on a ground out by Stephan. Like the third inning, Hansen gave up just one hit through four batters, moving the game to the fifth inning with Cal Poly still leading 2-0.
De Gaetano hit another single to start the fifth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nalani St. Germain. Tautalafua then reached base on an error, but again, the two runners were left on base as the 49ers grounded out twice to end the top of the inning. Hansen then knocked off the top of the order, moving the game to the sixth inning.
The 49ers got two singles in the top of the sixth, one by Kimbrough and one by Stephan, but no runs were scored by LBSU. In the bottom of the sixth, Hansen got the first batter to pop up, but gave up a single to the second. A fly out and pop up ended the inning with one Mustang runner left on base.
In the top of the seventh, the first two 49er batters went for outs, but Karli Sandoval hit a double to keep the game going. The game ended as Carrasco popped up for the final out as Cal Poly got the win, 2-0. Carbajal was credited with the loss and falls to 5-3 on the season.
The 49ers will continue their conference road trip when they head to UC Riverside next weekend, playing two games on Friday, Mar. 29 (12 pm/2:30 pm) and one on Saturday, Mar. 30 (12 pm).
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