Strong Offense Leads the 49ers to Victory in Doubleheader Against UC Santa Barbara
April 20, 2013
Long Beach (30-18, 12-5) wins both games of a doubleheader against UC Santa Barbara (25-19, 6-8) thanks to impressive batting from school career homerun record holder Nalani St. Germain and Sarah Carrasco.
Game 1: LBSU 6, UCSB 0
Game 2: LBSU 5, UCSB 2
The 49ers kept the momentum going from the first game when Tupua-Tautalatasi hit her second double of the day and her sixth of the season. De Gaetano followed up with a single past the diving third baseman, Jessica Reichner, moving Tupua-Tautalatasi over to third. After working the count full, Tautalafua was given first base when Gaucho pitcher, Alex Pingree, delivered an illegal pitch which moved all the runners up a base and brought Tupua-Tautalatasi around to score the first run of the game. Sandoval then hit into a double play to end the inning.
After two scoreless innings, Long Beach's offense came alive again. With Tautalafua on first, Carrasco sent a line drive over the glove of Jennings into left field and moved Tautalafua over to second. The Gauchos opted to get the lead runner at third on a grounder by St. Germain. Dana Garcia then loaded the bases with a bloop single to left for Gregorio to cash in St. Germain and Carrasco with a line drive single up the middle to bring the score to 3-0.
Despite remaining scoreless for the first game, Hansen allowed the Gauchos to score in the sixth inning when she came in in relief of Erin Jones-Wesley. Wisdom started out the inning with a single to right center and was able to make it to third with a couple of wild pitches from Hansen. Arianna Palomares then hit it back at Hansen who was able to stop Wisdom from advancing by throwing her out at third. The designated player, Jenessa Jeppesen, connected with a pitch and hit it off the scoreboard in left field to bring UC Santa Barbara within one. After walking the next batter on four straight pitches, Hansen settled down and was able to get Sami Stark to pop up to Kimbrough to end the inning.
The 49ers came back from that shaky inning when, after two quick outs, St. Germain went deep again and extended her career homerun lead to four and brought the score to 4-2. That blast also brought the team's 40th of the season which surpassed the school's previous record of 39 set in 2005. Garcia reached first on a passed ball after a strikeout and Gregorio followed up with an infield single to short that moved Garcia over to third. The next batter, Kimbrough, then singled to right and brought Garcia in to score and moved Gregorio to second bringing the final score to 5-2.