Darian Tautalafua Sets Big West Career Home Run Record In Monster Day
The senior hit four home runs on Sunday, and now has 49 in her career.
Davis, Calif. -
Senior Darian Tautalafua hit two home runs in both games of a doubleheader at UC Davis on Sunday, leading the Beach to a pair of wins in a record setting day.
Hitting the go-ahead home run in game one, a 7-5 win, as well as a pair of solo homers in a 3-0 win in game two, Tautalafua passed Cal State Fullerton's Yasmin Mossadeghi for the most home runs in a career for any player in Big West history. The senior now has 49 in the midst of her final season at the Beach.
Long Beach State (24-13, 4-2 Big West) jumped out to an early lead, as Nichole Fry drew a two-out walk, and Darian Tautalafua smashed a home run to left field, her ninth of the season, giving the 49ers a 2-0 lead after the first half inning.
UC Davis (14-19, 3-3 Big West) answered back to even the score in the bottom half. Brianna Warner reached on a leadoff single, and Taylor Peters followed with a triple to bring home the first run of the game. A sacrifice fly from Ashley Lotosynski then tied the game at two.
The Beach pounced on an Aggies error to score three runs in the fourth. A flyball to left from Julia Lombardi was dropped by Peters, and Long Beach State used the extra out to their advantage with a two-out rally. A single from LT Torres scored Lombardi, and then a double from Tobler scored Torres. Finally, a base hit from Alley Perkins brought home Tobler as the Beach took a 5-2 lead.
UC Davis again responded run for run in the bottom half on a little league inside-the-parker. After a single and an error put two on for the Aggies, Kelly Zobralske pulled a Skie Munoz offering off of the chalk for a triple, then coming home to score when the throw from Tobler was too hot to handle for Irma Sanchez, tying the game.
Long Beach State bookended the game with a nearly identical inning to the first. Fry singled to get on base, and Tautalafua lifted another home run to left field, tying the Big West's career home run record on a two-home run game, putting LBSU back in the lead once more.
Selene Polamalu earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing one hit, while Christina Clermont earned her third save of the season, retiring the side in order in the bottom of the seventh.
In game two, pitching carried the action as Clermont and UC Davis' starter Andrea Reynolds both worked through the first three innings with no score, allowing three combined hits.
Long Beach State's second hit of the day was a huge one, however, as Tautalafua hit her third home run of the day, a shot to left center, giving her 48 in her outstanding career and setting a new Big West record.
Tautalafua's monster day continued with another home run in the sixth inning, another solo shot to give her four home runs on the day.
That was plenty of support for Clermont, who struck out five and allowed just three hits on the way to her fifth shutout of the season.
Long Beach State will host Cal Poly for three games next weekend at the LBSU Softball Complex, beginning on April 16.
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