Meza And Fry Lead Long Beach State To Road Sweep Of Cal Poly
Long Beach State moves into first place with a 2-0 win.
San Luis Obispo, Calif. - Long Beach State finished off a three-game series at Cal Poly without allowing a single run in 28 innings, closing off the series with a 2-0 win on Saturday.
Both teams began the day with a leadoff double, but Long Beach State (19-20-1, 7-2 Big West) was the only team to capitalize in what would be the difference in another game that featured excellent pitching.
Sammi Gyerman recorded her sixth hit of the series, a double to left to open the game. Mustangs starter Sierra Hyland would record the next two outs, but for the second time in the series, Nichole Fry delivered the game-winning hit, cracking her second home run of the season over the left field wall to give the Beach a 2-0 lead.
Cal Poly (28-13, 4-5 Big West) had a similar beginning, as Chelsea Convissar doubled for the first of two hits on the day to open the bottom half of the first inning. Ashley Sandoval was then hit by a pitch to put two on with no one out, but Stephanie Heyward grounded into a double play, and then after an intentional walk to Hyland, Courtney Tyler popped up to end the threat.
Cielo Meza would settle in, and has now thrown 23.0 innings this season without a run. Cal Poly’s best chance to score came in the bottom of the third inning. After a bunt single from Convissar, a dribbler from Sandoval put two on with no one out. The Mustangs sacrificed both runners into scoring position, leaving an open base once more for the Beach to put Hyland on.
The move paid off as Meza would get popups from Tyler and Hailey Martin to end the inning. Meza would then allow just two more baserunners for the remainder of the game, finishing off her second complete game shutout of the season.
Long Beach State left six baserunners over the last three innings as doubles from Hannah Cookson and Mattie Scheele sparked threats, but two intentional walks of Gyerman paid off for the Mustangs as well as the Beach was unable to extend their lead.
In the end, however, the Beach closed out the 2-0 victory, and moved into sole possession of first place in the Big West with a 7-2 record.
Long Beach State has now not allowed a run in 29 innings, and has pitched a shutout in five of the last six games, all coming in conference play. The Beach will now play six straight home games, hosting UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton over the next two weekends.
The series against the Gauchos will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. All three games of the series will be broadcast live through ESPN3.
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