April 22, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Ashlynn Booker went 2-for-4- with four RBI while Erin Jones-Wesley didn't allow a hit in 5.1 innings of relief as Long Beach State handed Cal State Northridge a 9-4 loss in the rubber match of the three-game Big West Conference series at Matador Diamond on Sunday.
With the win the 49ers (20-22, 8-4 Big West) move into a four-way tie for first place in the Big West Conference standings with Pacific, UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis with three weeks to play.
Long Beach State won the season series with Cal State Northridge (9-34, 4-8 Big West) for the 10th straight season after winning two of three over the weekend.
Jones-Wesley (15-12) entered the game in the second inning after the Matadors rallied for four runs to tie the game at 4-4. Jones-Wesley inherited a runner at second base, but got Samantha Sloniker to ground out to shortstop Shayna Kimbrough to end the rally. Jones-Wesley struck out four, while not walking any Matadors.
Kimbrough led LBSU with three hits, while Booker, Nalani St. Germain, Cya Neal and Hannah De Gaetano had two hits each. The 49ers finished with 13 hits. Bree Stephan had two RBI, while De Gaetano, Karli Sandoval, and St. Germain each added a RBI for the 49ers.
Stephan highlighted Long Beach State's three-run first inning with a RBI ground-rule double to left field that scored De Gaetano and Sandoval, who both reached when they were hit by pitches.
Kimbrough opened the inning with a single and moved to third on an error by Matador third baseman Alyssa Ray on a ball hit by Neal. Sandoval picked up a RBI forcing Kimbrough home when she was hit by pitcher Shelly Tait.
The 49ers added another run in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead. De Gaetano picked up a RBI single to left field scoring Neal, who singled with one out and then stole second.
The Matadors rallied to tie the game with four unearned runs in the bottom of the second chasing starter Taylor Petty. Madaline Sale capped the rally with a two-run double to left center.
Long Beach State regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer by Booker, her team-best fifth of the season scored St. Germain who singled to get on base.
The 49ers added to the lead with three more runs in the top of the sixth. Booker delivered the big blow with a bases-loaded two-RBI double to right center scoring Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi and Stephan. St. Germain added a RBI single scoring De Gaetano who led off the inning with a single. The 49ers had four hits in the inning while scoring the three runs.
Long Beach State returns to action next Saturday and Sunday when the 49ers host UC Riverside in a three-game series. The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday with action starting both days at 1 p.m.
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