49ers sweep softball doubleheader against Cal Poly
April 6, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State got a pair of complete game wins from Taylor Petty and Erin Jones-Wesley as the 49ers swept a Big West Conference doubleheader from Cal Poly, 3-1 and 4-2, Friday at the 49er softball Complex.
The two wins marked the first time this season the 49ers (15-20, 3-2 Big West) have been able to sweep a pair of games on the same day. The 49ers had played two games on the same day 11 times heading into Friday's doubleheader.
Petty and Jones-Wesley combined to allow just 11 hits, while striking out 10 Mustang hitters. Cal Poly (8-23, 1-3 Big West) held the 49ers to just 11 hits but it wasn't enough to pick up a win.
Game 1: Long Beach State 4, Cal Poly 1
Petty allowed just one run on five hits and the 49ers took advantage of a key Mustang error to win game one of the doubleheader.
Trailing 1-0, LBSU scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to give Petty (2-1) the win. The 49ers took advantage of a throwing error by Mustang's shortstop Celine Lafrades to take the lead.
Madigan opened the fifth with a single and pinch runner Emily Gregorio advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jones-Wesley. Kimbrough moved Gregorio to third with a base hit chopper over the pitcher's head. After a Megan Denio walk loaded the bases, Hannah De Gaetano hit a hard grounder to Lafrades who threw wide to the plate allowing Gregorio and Kimbrough to score giving LBSU a 2-1 lead.
After Neal walked to load the bases, Leilani Tapua-Tautalatasi scored Denio with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to put the 49ers up 3-1. Long Beach State added its fourth run when Nalani St. Germain was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Petty struck out five while pitching her second complete game in a week. Neal, Madigan, Kimbrough and Denio each had one hit as the 49ers made the most of four hits.
Game 2: Long Beach State 3, Cal Poly 2
Jones-Wesley held Cal Poly scoreless for five innings and then stranded the tying run on second base in the seventh inning to wrap up the sweep.
Jones-Wesley (13-10) scattered six hits allowing two earned runs in the sixth inning, while striking out five. The 49ers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. De Gaetano led off the game with a double to right center. Neal followed with a single to left field advancing pinch runner Gregorio to third. Madigan got the 49ers on the board with a RBI single to right center scoring Gregorio. After a walk to St. Germain, Alisha Rosen scored Neal on a fielder's choice where shortstop Kim Westlund threw to third to retire Madigan.
The 49ers added a run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead. Neal led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Tupua-Tautalatasi, and moved to third on an infield single by Madigan to load the bases.
St. Germain picked up the RBI with a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Neal.
Neal, Madigan, and Kimbrough led LBSU with two hits each in the game. De Gaetano had the 49ers' other hit.