Nalani St. Germain
April 21, 2013
Long Beach State (30-19, 12-6) dropped its final game of a weekend series with UC Santa Barbara (26-19, 7--8), losing to the Gauchos 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Amanda Hansen got the start in the circle and UCSB was quickly able to load the bases, but the sophomore worked out of the jam, striking out the final Gaucho batter for the third out. The 49ers were able to get on base in the bottom of the inning as Shayna Kimbrough singled up the middle, but she was called out shortly after for leaving her base early. LBSU couldn't get any other offense going as the game stayed tied at 0-0.
Both teams went three up and three down in the second inning, keeping the game knotted at zero. The Gauchos got their second hit of the game in the top of the third, but couldn't get a run to score. Nalani St. Germain opened up the bottom of the inning with a single and was followed by a walk for Emily Gregorio. Kimbrough then hit a fielder's choice to get on base, but St. Germain was thrown out at third. A ground out by Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi ended the inning with two 49er runners left on base.
UCSB hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. With the 49ers at bat, Hannah De Geatano was hit by a pitch to take first base. Darian Tautalafua was then walked, but three outs followed as the 49ers again stranded two base runners.
In the top of the fifth, the Gauchos opened up with a triple and then after a fielder's choice, got their second run of the game to lead 2-0. UCSB knocked off the first three LBSU batters as the game moved to the sixth inning.
Hansen answered by getting three quick outs, but again, UCSB shut down the 49ers offense, getting three quick outs to end the inning.
The Gauchos got a single in the top of the seventh, but scored no runs as the 49ers headed to the plate for their final at bat. After a fly out by Karli Sandoval, Sarah Carrasco hit a double to center field to get on base. St. Germain popped up, but after a single by Ashley Holmes, Carrasco came home to score the first 49er run of the game. Gregorio then popped up to the short stop to end the game with UCSB grabbing the 2-0 victory.
Despite the Sunday loss, the 49ers regained second-place in the conference, moving ahead of Pacific who lost two of three games to Cal State Northridge over the weekend. LBSU will now head to first-place Hawai'i who holds a 14-1 record in conference play.
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