March 30, 2013
The Long Beach State softball team improved to 22-14 (5-1 Big West) after completing a series sweep of UC Riverside (15-21, 0-6 Big West), winning the final game 6-2 on Saturday afternoon.
Shayna Kimbrough continued where she left off on Saturday, opening up the game with a double to left center field. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases for the 49ers with two outs on the board, bringing up Nalani St. Germain to bat, but she popped up to right field to end the top of the inning.
Amanda Hansen got the start in the circle for the 49ers and gave up a hit to start the bottom of the inning. She then gave up a triple, but the base runner from the previous single was thrown out at home. UCR did get a run to score on the next at bat as starting pitcher Ercalano hit a single to bring in a run.
With Loni Tyler up to bat in the top of the second, an error by the UCR second baseman put her on first. Back-to-back singles by the 49ers (Holmes/Gregorio) loaded the bases for the 49ers. A sacrifice fly by Kimbrough brought in Tyler to tie the game at 1-1, but the 49ers could not get another run to score, stranding two base runners. Hansen then gave up just one hit through four batters in the bottom of the inning.
Back-to-back singles by Karli Sandoval and Nalani St. Germain put runners on first and second to start the third, and after a line drive to right center field by Tyler, Sandoval came in to score, giving the 49ers a 2-1 lead. Riverside then went three up and three down to end the inning.
The 49ers loaded the bases to start the fourth inning and then Sandoval hit a single to left field, bringing in two more runs for The Beach to give it a 4-1 lead. Hansen worked through the first four UCR batters to end the inning.
Neither team got anything going in the fifth inning as the scored stayed 4-1 in the 49ers' favor. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi opened up the sixth inning with a single down the first base line and was then followed by a booming single by De Gaetano to put runners on the corners. The bases were loaded after Tautalafua was walked, bringing up Sandoval with zero outs on the board. After a fielder's choice, Tupua-Tautalatasi came home to score. The 49ers followed that up with a fly out by St. Germain, which brought home De Gaetano to give LBSU a 6-1 lead. In the bottom of the inning, UCR opened up with a solo homerun, to close to 6-2, but no other damage was done as three straight fly outs by the Highlanders ended the inning.
The game ended in LBSU's favor as Amanda Hansen got the win, improving her season record to 6-4 while recording her fourth complete game this year.
The 49ers will return home for four games, beginning with a three-game series versus Cal State Fullerton. There will be a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 6 (1 pm/3 pm) and a single game on Sunday, Apr. 7 (1 pm). They will then host Cal State Northridge in a single game on Wednesday, Apr. 10 at 3 pm.
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