April 6, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. - Sophomore Darian Tautalafua hit a towering grand slam for Long Beach State, capping off an 11-run second inning that ultimately led to a 15-4 run-rule victory for the 49ers. Karli Sandoval also hit a solo home run, finishing off a weekend where the senior reached base in every plate appearance.
It was the offense that stole the show back from the pitchers on Sunday, however, as Long Beach State (29-9, 6-0 Big West) batted around in the second inning. Alyssa Razo of UC Riverside (19-20, 0-6 Big West) set down the 49ers in order in the first, but Karli Sandoval hit a solo home run to lead off the second and put Long Beach State out in front.
Four more batters would reach consecutively against Razo, who walked Ashlynn Booker before giving up three straight singles. Ashley Ercolano would record the first out of the inning in relief, but walked Shayna Kimbrough, and then Sarah Carrasco was able to beat out a play at the plate to keep the bases loaded with the score now 4-0.
A double from Hannah De Gaetano plated two more runs, and after a hit batter loaded the bases once more, a station-to-station single by Booker put The Beach on top 7-0 with the bases loaded for Darian Tautalafua. The sophomore then hit her team-leading eighth home run of the season, cracking a grand slam off the top of the scoreboard in left to cap an 11-run frame for the 49ers.
Long Beach State tacked on four more runs on four hits in the third inning, two coming home on a double from Booker. The 49ers then held on the rest of the way, closing out the game 15-4 in five innings.
The 49ers remain in Long Beach for their next series, hosting Hawai'i in a crucial Big West series. The series starts Saturday with a "Gold Out" doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., following by the finale on Sunday also at 1 p.m. All three games will again be carried live on ESPN3.
- 2017 Season
- 2016 Fall Schedule
- 2016 Quick Facts
- 2016 Overall Statistics (PDF)
- 2016 Mayfair Schedule (Mar. 10 - Mar. 13)
- Ticket Information
- Media Guides
Baylor Beats Long Beach State In Walkoff...05/20/2016 - Softball
Alley Perkins drove in the tying run in the sixth inning, capping a comeback that saw Long Beach ...
Tautalafua And Clermont Selected As NFCA All-Re...05/19/2016 - Softball
Third baseman Darian Tautalafua and starting pitcher Christina Clermont both picked up more...
Long Beach State Continues Season At NCAA...05/18/2016 - Softball
Long Beach State will make its 23rd NCAA Regional appearance in 2016, participating in the Eugene...
Long Beach State Softball Has Five Named All-Bi...05/18/2016 - Softball
Senior Darian Tautalafua and junior Christina Clermont both earned first-team All-Big West honors...
Softball Earns At-Large Berth Into NCAA Regionals05/15/2016 - Softball
Long Beach State will make its 23rd NCAA Regional appearance in 2016, as the Beach advanced to...
Falo, Sanchez Deliver Game-Winning Hits In DH...05/14/2016 - Softball
Long Beach State had a memorable senior day, closing the regular season for its four seniors with...