March 30, 2014
Davis, Calif. - Senior Sarah Carrasco hit three doubles on the day to pace Long Beach State to a double-header sweep on the road against UC Davis, winning the first game 8-0 in six innings before taking game two 9-1.
Long Beach State (25-9, 2-0 Big West) kicked off the scoring in game one, as Lauren Lombardi and Sarah Carrasco drew back-to-back walks to open the second inning. After Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi advanced both runners, a wild pitch plated one run, and an RBI single by Shayna Kimbrough scored another to spot The Beach a 2-0 lead.
In the sixth, a single by Neal kick-started a 49er rally. With the bases loaded, a Darian Tautalafua led to a pair runs after shortstop Christa Castello's throw got away from the UC Davis (11-21, 0-2 Big West) catcher, and after Ashley Holmes reached on an error, two straight bases-loaded walks added two more runs for the 49ers.
Erin Jones-Wesley was dominant in the circle to improve to 13-4 with a complete game shutout. The senior had 11 strikeouts in six innings, giving up just two hits, and moved into the Big West Conference's Career Top 10 in strikeouts with 649 in her career. Her 26th career shutout also ranks 7th in LBSU history.
Game two featured more offense for the 49ers, as Long Beach State took a quick 4-0 lead. After pushing Kimbrough around in the first inning following a leadoff double, The Beach scored three more runs in the second. Carrasco's second double of the day started the rally, and a walk to Lauren Lombardi and a single from Tupua-Tautalatasi loaded the bases for Kimbrough, who doubled again, scoring two more runs. An RBI single by Neal tacked on one more for The Beach in the second.
UC Davis pulled back a run in the bottom of the inning, but Long Beach State again increased the lead in the fifth. Neal started the inning by beating a bunt, and then with two outs, Darian Tautalafua doubled to score one run. Carrasco's third double of the day added one more for the 49ers, who took a 6-1 lead after five innings.
Tautalafua's solo home run, her seventh of the year, added one more run in the top of the seventh inning, and after an infield single by Carrasco, Christina Montoya's first 49er home run made the score 9-1 in favor of Long Beach State.
Amanda Hansen pitched her eighth complete game of the season to improve to 12-4 on the year, as Long Beach State opened up Big West play 2-0.
Long Beach State will stay in Davis for one extra day, finishing the series against the Aggies on Monday at 10 a.m. before returning to Long Beach.
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