April 1, 2012
GOLETA, Calif. - Taylor Petty allowed just four hits in 11.1 innings in two games over two days as Long Beach State split a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara winning the first game 3-0 while losing game two 3-1.
Petty (1-1) pitched a shutout in the first game, her first appearance of the season, before dropping game two after allowing a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The first game started Saturday and was completed Sunday because of rain.
Megan Denio led Long Beach State (12-20, 1-2 Big West) with four hits in the two games. Nalani St. Germain and Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi each had a pair of RBI in the final games of a three-game series against the Gauchos (15-23, 2-1 Big West).
The 49ers return to action Friday hosting a doubleheader against Cal Poly at the 49er Softball Complex before hosting a single game on Saturday. Action both days starts at 1 p.m.
Game 1: Long Beach State 3, UC Santa Barbara 0 (completed after being suspended Saturday)
Petty, making her first appearance of the season after missing the first two months with pneumonia, threw a two-hitter while striking out eight Gauchos in the teams first conference win of the season.
Petty pitched 5.2 innings on Saturday, before the game was postponed by rain, before returning to the circle Sunday to finish the complete game. Petty gave up both hits on Saturday, before pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to get the win.
The Gauchos loaded the bases in the final inning on a walk, an error and a hit batter before Petty dusted off UCSB by striking out McKenzie Kane for her 32nd career win and 11th career shutout.
The 49er took the early lead Saturday, scoring a run in the top of the first inning. After a pair of one-out errors by the Gauchos, St. Germain picked up a RBI with a single up the middle.
LBSU made it 2-0 in the top of the fifth. St. Germain added another RBI with a sacrifice fly, scoring pinch runner Alisha Rosen. Hannah De Gaetano opened the inning with a leadoff double, before Rosen replaced her and moved to third on a wild pitch.
After the game resumed on Sunday, Long Beach State added an unearned run in the top of the seventh on a bases loaded walk by Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi. Jennifer Madigan started the rally with a one-out single to right field.
De Gaetano and Karli Sandoval led LBSU in the win with two hits apiece, as LBSU out-hit UCSB 12-2. St. Germain finished with a pair of RBI.
Game 2: UC Santa Barbara 3, Long Beach State 1
Petty didn't allow a hit over the first four innings but it wasn't enough as the senior pitcher gave up a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the loss against the Gauchos.
Jennings opened the bottom of the fifth with a single off of Petty to break up the no-hitter. After Kathryn Pilpil walked to put runners on the corners, Jenessa Jeppesen launched a 3-run homer to left field to put the Gauchos up for good.
Long Beach State took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Karli Sandoval opened the inning with a double, and pinch runner Stephan came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Tupua-Tautalatasi.
That was all the offense the 49ers could muster as Shelby Wisdom (10-10) held them to just three hits, while striking out four.
Petty struck out seven Gauchos in 4.1 innings. Denio, Sandoval and Cya Neal all had one hit each for the 49ers.
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