April 13, 2013
Long Beach State (27-16, 9-3) and Pacific (24-20, 9-4) battled it out on Saturday in a doubleheader that featured extra innings for both games. LBSU won game on 7-6 after a home run by Karli Sandoval in the top of the eighth sealed the victory, while Pacific edged out the 49ers 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth to win.
The 49ers had played only one extra inning game this season prior today, a 6-1 loss to Virginia Tech back in early March.
Game 1: LBSU 7, Pacific 6 (8 innings)
After two scoreless and hitless innings for both teams, Ashley Holmes hit a bomb over the left center field fence to give the 49ers a 1-0 lead in the top of the third with zero outs on the board. With one out Emily Gregorio hit a double to right center field, but Shayna Kimbrough was called out on the next at bat for being out of the box. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi hit a single to the second baseman, but Gregorio was thrown out at home to end the 49er at bat. Pacific was able to get runners on second and third, but Jones-Wesley got the final batter to fly out to left field as LBSU continued to shut out the Tigers.
Darian Tautalafua was walked to start the top of the fourth and then a big double to right field by Sandoval put 49er runners on second and third, bringing up Nalani St. Germain, who then hit a three-run homer to right field to extend LBSU's lead to 4-0 with just one out. With that homerun, she broke the Long Beach career home run record (previously held by Lauren Johnson). Two quick pop ups ended the 49er at bat. Pacific answered with a solo homerun to open its at bat, closing to 4-1.
Pacific loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with just one out on the board and after a second consecutive walk, scored its second run of the game (4-2) as the bases continued to be loaded. After a fly out to left field, Pacific then scored again to close to 4-3. Another walk by Jones-Wesley loaded the bases again for Pacific as the Tigers had two outs, but the 49ers got out of the jam after a fly out to right field ended the inning.
The Tigers changed pitchers to start the sixth inning, which resulted in Sandoval being walked. Brianna Stephan was then brought in to pinch run for Sandoval and she advanced to second after a wild pitch. Holmes then hit a huge home run to left field, bringing in two 49er runs as LBSU then led 6-3.
After a single by Kimbrough and a botched play by the second baseman, the 49ers had runners on first and second with Tautalafua at bat, but she hit a fly ball to right field to end the 49er at bat. Pacific opened up the bottom of the seventh with a solo homerun to close to 6-4 and then tied the game on a two-run homer. Jones-Wesley walked the next batter, but the inning ended after the next play as the game headed to extra innings.
Sandoval opened up the top of the eighth with a solo homerun to put the 49ers in the lead, 7-6. LBSU then brought Amanda Hansen in to close out the game. She gave up a single and after a sacrifice bunt by Pacific, the Tigers moved the tying run to second. Hansen then walked the next Tiger batter, prompting a discussion at the mound, but the 49ers would hold on to win as Hansen notched her third save of the season.
Jones-Wesley tallied her 14th win of the season (14-6) as the junior threw 153 pitches with five strike outs.
Game 2: Pacific 5, LBSU 4 (9 innings)
Hansen started in the circle for the 49ers in game two as both teams were held scoreless through the first two innings. In the top of the third and with two outs, the 49ers hit back-to-back singles to the pitcher, but could not get a run to score as Pacific went to bat. After back-to-back bunts, Pacific had runners on first and second, but a great play on a pop up by De Gaetano turned into a double play. A ground out to De Gaetano ended the inning.
The 49er offense got going in the top of the fourth after a solid single by Sandoval was followed by St. Germain's second homerun of the day to give the 49ers a 2-0 lead. Pacific was able to get runners on base after a single and walk, but some great defensive play by De Gaetano resulted in the final two outs of the inning as LBSU continued to lead 2-0.
In the top of the fifth, the 49ers had runners on the corners, and after an error by the Pacific shortstop, were able to score a run to extend their lead to 3-0. The Tigers got on the board after a passed ball allowed the runner on third to score as they closed to 3-1 after five innings.
Brianna Stephan entered the game as a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth and hit a nice single to center field. She then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Gregorio. Another bunt, this time by Kimbrough, moved Stephan to third and after an error by the Pacific third baseman, who was trying to throw out Kimbrough at first, Stephan came home to score the fourth run of the game for The Beach (4-1). With Pacific back on offense, Hansen gave up a single and then walked the next batter, but got out of the inning without giving up any runs after a great play by Kimbrough for the third out.
In the bottom of the seventh, two walks by Hansen put runners on second and third, and after a three-run homerun, Pacific tied the game at four all and sent the game into extra innings.
With one out, Gregorio hit a double to left field to get on base in the top of the eighth, but she was left stranded as Pacific went back on offense. The 49ers switched pitchers, bringing Christian Carbajal in to relieve Hansen, and she retired the first batter before walking the second, but no damage was done as the game heading to the top of the ninth.
De Gaetano opened up the ninth with a nice double down the left field line and moved over to third after a sacrifice bunt by Tautalafua, but the 49ers could not get a run to score. With Pacific back up batting, the Tigers hit a single to start the bottom of the ninth and followed with a bunt single to put runners on first and second. After a sacrifice bunt, the runners moved to second and third. The game ended after Carbajal gave up a game-winning RBI after a single to left field. Carbajal's record falls to 6-4 on the season.
The 49ers conclude their series with Pacific on Sunday at noon before returning home to host Cal State Northridge in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 17. Those games will be broadcasted live on ESPNU beginning at 1:00 pm. The team then hosts UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Apr. 20 (DH starting at 1:00 pm) and Sunday, Apr. 21 (1:00 pm).
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