Tupua-Tautalatasi's Heroics Lead Long Beach State Past Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State returns home Monday to face No. 2 UCLA in a doubleheader at Mayfair Park.
April 17, 2014
Fullerton, Calif. - Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi tied a school record with six RBI, including a game-tying three-run home run and the game-winning base hit as Long Beach State salvaged game two in a split at Cal State Fullerton behind a 4-for-4 performance from the junior. Down 6-0 after two innings, the 49ers rallied to defeat the Titans 8-6 after dropping game one 3-1.
In game two, Cal State Fullerton took the lead with an RBI single by Eliza Crawford after a double by Ariel Tsuchiyama. The Titans' catcher then hurt The Beach again in the second inning with another big hit. Already leading 3-0 after a solo home run, a walk and a pair of hits, Tsuchiyama's three-run blast to right field gave Cal State Fullerton a 6-0 lead after two innings.
The 49ers were once again able to scratch out a run to get on the board, pushing across Tupua-Tautalatasi with an RBI single from Cya Neal. After a walk to Ashley Booker, Long Beach State scored two more in the top of the fourth on a two-out rally, bringing home Alexie Johnson and Christina Montoya after three straight hits from Montoya, Tupua-Tautalatasi and Shayna Kimbrough.
The Long Beach State rally continued in the sixth, with Sarah Carrasco leading off the inning with a double. After Montoya reached on an error, Tupua-Tautalatasi answered with a massive home run to right field, her first of the year, which tied the game at 6-6.
Amanda Hansen was able to set down the side in the sixth, and with the momentum firmly in the Beach dugout, Long Beach State was ready for more. Ashlynn Booker drew a one-out walk, and LBSU was able to load the bases with two straight singles from Carrasco and Lauren Lombardi.
The Titans got one step closer to getting out of the inning with a strikeout of Montoya, but still had to face Tupua-Tautalatasi, who came through again, ripping a base hit to left field to bring home two runs. Erin Jones-Wesley came into the circle in relief for The Beach, and set down three batters in order with two strikeouts to collect her second save of the season, while Hansen finished with the win.
Cal State Fullerton got all the runs they needed in the opener in the bottom of the third inning. Missy Taukeiaho singled to start the inning, and after a bunt, two straight singles opened the scoring for the Titans with a run across. Then, with the bases loaded, one run came home to score on a single by Sydney Colenzo, and a misplay from Tupua-Tautalatasi allowed a second run to come home to give the Titans a 3-0 lead.
Long Beach State returns to action next Monday, hosting a non-conference doubleheader with No. 2 UCLA at Mayfair Park beginning at 4:30 p.m.
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