Clermont’s Shutout Gem Lifts The Beach Over CSUN
Clermont strikes out seven in a complete game shutout.
Northridge, Calif. -
Junior Christina Clermont had one of her most complete performances of the season, striking out seven CSUN batters and holding the Matadors to two hits in a complete game shutout as Long Beach State won the rubber game of the series 2-0 on the road Sunday.
Both Clermont and CSUN starter Rebecca Bell were dominant early, as neither team truly threatened over the first four innings.
As the game progressed, both teams had chances to break the deadlock. Long Beach State (21-12, 2-1 Big West) put two runners on via singles from Haley Tobler and Hannah Cookson, but the Beach stranded the runners at second and third. The next inning, CSUN (21-16, 1-2 Big West) had its best chance, as Savannah Horvath hit a one-out triple bringing Taylor Glover to the plate. Clermont was able to get Glover to ground to shortstop, and Nichole Fry threw out Horvath at the plate to stifle the opportunity for the Matadors.
In the seventh, Long Beach State finally took the lead. Julia Lombardi singled to start the inning, and was followed by a double into the gap from Lauren MacLeod, putting runners on second and third with no outs.
CSUN decided to pitch to the 49ers, with the decision paying off for the first out on a lineout from Tobler. The Matadors continued with the strategy, electing to pitch to Tierra Falo, and the freshman came through with a single through the right side, scoring both pinch runners to make the score 2-0.
Clermont set down the Matadors in order in the bottom of the seventh to finish off her second complete game shutout of the season, improving to 13-4 on the season.
Long Beach State will stay on the road for one more week, continuing Big West play at UC Davis starting on Saturday, April 10.
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