April 6, 2013
Long Beach State (24-15, 6-2) split a doubleheader with Cal State Fullerton (16-21, 3-6) on Saturday as the Titans one game one 4-1 and the 49ers won game two 1-0. Ashley Holmes hit a game-winning RBI in game two of the doubleheader, while Erin Jones-Wesley retired the final 13 batters she faced in the game.
Game 1 - CSUF 4, LBSU 1
Amanda Hansen gave up a double to start the game and then walked the second batter, but was able to get out of the inning without giving up any runs. Fullerton then quickly worked through the top of the order, moving the game to the second inning. Hansen struck out the first two batters to start the second, but gave up a single and then the base runner advanced to second on an error by Nalani St. Germain. After a double, Fullerton was able to get on the board to lead 1-0. The next batter reached base on an error by Shayna Kimbrough, which brought in another Titan run as CSUF led 2-0 after the top of the inning.
Darian Tautalafua then hit what looked like a sure-fire homerun, but the wind knocked it down for the 49ers first out. The 49ers managed to get a runner on base via a walk, but couldn't get any runs to score as the inning ended with LBSU still trailing 2-0.
Hansen gave up a single to start the third, which was followed by another single, but neither runner could score for the Titans. Emily Gregorio got on base for the 49ers via a walk and was followed by Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi, who reached base after being beaned by a pitch, but LBSU could not get any more offense going as the inning ended with CSUF still up 2-0.
Neither team got anything going in the fourth, but Fullerton added two more runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 4-0. Sarah Carrasco opened up the bottom of the fifth with a big double to right center field for the 49ers first hit of the game, but LBSU could not convert any runs.
In the bottom of the sixth, Ashley Holmes came in to pinch hit and hit a double to right center field. After Tautalafua was walked, the 49ers had runners on the corners, but a pop up to the pitcher ended the inning with CSUF still up 4-0.
In the bottom of the seventh Fullerton made a pitching change and Nalani St. Germain hit a single off of her to start the inning, but a double play on the next batter gave the 49ers two outs. Loni Tyler then hit a single to left field to continue the game. Karli Sandoval, who was pinch hitting, got on first via a walk to put runners on first and second. Kimbrough then hit a single to right field to bring in the first 49er score of the game, but that was all the scoring for LBSU as CSUF hung on to win 4-1. Hansen pitched a complete game for the 49ers, giving up 11 hits and two earned runners as her record now stands at 6-5.
Game 2: LBSU 1, CSUF 0
Erin Jones-Wesley started the second game and gave up two hits to open the first, but CSUF couldn't get a run to score. The 49ers couldn't get anything going in the bottom of the inning other than a walk as Fullerton went back on offense. Jones-Wesley gave up another hit in the top of the second, but again, CSUF could not score, sending the game to the bottom of the inning. The 49ers couldn't get anything going either as they had zero hits through two innings. Fullerton got another hit in the top of the third, but could not score. The Titans then worked through the top of the order to send the game to the fourth. Jones-Wesley answered by knocking off the first three Titan batters as LBSU went back on offense.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tautalafua and Sandoval reached base after a walk and hit by pitch, respectively. A sacrifice bunt advanced each to the next base. A nice base hit to left center field by Holmes brought in the first run of the game as the 49ers lead 1-0. The 49ers then loaded the bases after a Dana Garcia walk and brought in Jones-Wesley to pinch hit. She reached base on a fielder's choice, keeping the bases loaded for the 49ers, but was called out for interference on the next play, ending the inning with three runners left on base.
In the top of the fifth, Jones-Wesley took care of the top of the order, tallying two strikeouts. Tautalafua got on base after a single in the bottom of the inning, but she was left on base after a pop up. Jones-Wesley again worked through the top of the order to start the sixth inning. With the 49ers back on offense, they could only manage one base hit as the game stayed in LBSU's favor 1-0 with just one inning left.
Jones-Wesley wrapped up the game with three quick outs as she improved to 12-6 on the season. The junior retired the final 13 batters she face and tallied six strikeouts in the game.
The 49ers wrap up the weekend series with Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
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