April 21, 2014
Lakewood, Calif. - Long Beach State was one pitch away from upsetting the No. 2 Bruins in game one of a doubleheader, but it was UCLA that came up with the big hit, riding the momentum into two wins Monday in a pair of non-conference games.
Erin Jones-Wesley had a mixed day in the opener, striking out 10 batters, but also walking 10, which would end up finally striking The Beach in the seventh inning.
Long Beach State (33-13) would strike first in the opener, coming up big in the first inning. After Shayna Kimbrough singled to lead off the bottom of the inning, Karli Sandoval walked to extend the inning, and then Ashlynn Booker cracked a three-run home run to give the 49ers a 3-0 lead.
UCLA (41-4) answered back with a home run of its own in the top of the second inning. After a leadoff walk, Jones-Wesley retired two batters on strikeouts, but an infield single set up Ally Carda, who homered to answer Long Beach State's three-run shot and tie the game.
Capitalizing on two Delaney Spaulding errors, Long Beach State pushed back in front 5-3 after the second inning, and that lead would hold until UCLA was once again able to tie the game in the top of the fifth inning.
The Beach was able to hold UCLA scoreless in the sixth, and looked to take the lead for good with a solo home run from Sandoval, who crushed a liner to left field.
In the seventh however, Jones-Wesley walked the leadoff batter, and hit Jessica Hall with one out to put two on, but got the second out of the inning with a foul out. Another walk loaded the bases however, but Jones-Wesley started out Carda with a pair of strikes. Carda ripped a liner up the middle on a 1-2 count to give UCLA the lead, and with the dam broken, the Bruins scored three more runs on the way to a 10-6 win.
In game two, Long Beach State took a 1-0 lead on a monster home run from Darian Tautalafua, clearing not just the official fencing but the monster fence in left field in the third inning. The Bruins were able to equalize with a Stephany LaRosa solo shot to start the fourth, and pushed into the lead on a Jessica Hall single.
The Bruins then added four more runs in the sixth inning, chasing Amanda Hansen and pulling away from The Beach to take both games on the day.
Kimbrough had three hits on the day, leading the Long Beach State offense on the day.
Long Beach State returns to conference action this weekend, traveling to Cal State Northridge for a Big West series beginning with a doubleheader at Noon on Saturday, April 26.
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