March 31, 2014
Davis, Calif. - Long Beach State worked around trouble and got the big hits, escaping 12 Aggie runners left on base in a 3-1 win to complete a series sweep over UC Davis on the road. Sarah Carrasco hit her fourth double of the series to drive home a run in a three-run third inning to lift Long Beach State.
Cya Neal started a third-inning rally for Long Beach State (26-9, 3-0 Big West). After a single from the senior, Hannah De Gaetano followed with a single of her own to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice fly by Darian Tautalafua put the 49ers on the board, and a double from Sarah Carrasco brought home De Gaetano. Long Beach State pushed one more run across after a balk with a double steal, and the 49ers led 3-0 after two and a half innings.
UC Davis (11-22, 0-3 Big West) continued to threaten throughout the rest of the game, but Long Beach State would consistently have the answer.
The Aggies best opportunity came in the third inning, as UC Davis loaded the bases with no outs after two hit batters and an infield single. Erin Jones-Wesley responded with a strikeout, and a 4-6-3 ground ball double play ended the threat with no runs scored.
More strong defense came to the 49ers aid in the following inning. A Kimberly Pena double and a walk put two runners on for the Aggies with two outs, and a Christa Castello brought home the first run of the game for UC Davis. The 49ers were able to throw out Castello trying to advance to second, and ended the inning with a 3-1 lead.
Amanda Hansen came on for the 49ers in the fifth inning, getting LBSU out of a two-out jam, and worked through a scoreless sixth inning. UC Davis again put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Hansen won a 12-pitch battle with Chandler Wagner with a fly out, and then Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi closed out the win and the series by throwing out Kelly Zboralske at home from center field.
With the win, Jones-Wesley tied the Long Beach State career wins record with 78, while Hansen earned the save, the third of the year for the junior.
The 49ers return home for a weekend series against UC Riverside at the 49er Softball Complex beginning with a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. All three games of the series with the Highlanders will be shown on ESPN3.
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