Beach Rallies To Earn Split With CSUN
Hannah Cookson picks up four hits on the day including the game-winner in the second game.
Long Beach, Calif. - Freshman Hannah Cookson had four hits on the day, two in each game including a game-winning double to finish off CSUN in game two as Long Beach State split a pair of games with the Matadors on Saturday. A rain-soaked opener went CSUN's way 6-2, but the Beach bounced back with a 5-4 walkoff win in the evening.
Trailing 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game and having never led on the day, Lauren Lombardi quickly brought the Beach back into the game, blasting a solo home run to left field to tie the game at four. Darian Tautalafua kept the rally alive with a base hit, and after Haley Tobler reached when her sacrifice was overthrown, Cookson came to the plate with two runners on. A double into the gap scored Tautalafua and gave the 49ers the win, and handed CSUN its first loss in Big West play.
CSUN (38-11, 13-1 Big West) jumped out to an early lead against Long Beach State (22-23, 9-5 Big West) in game one, scoring quickly against freshman starter Lacey Alderman. After a walk and a single in the first inning, a double from Savannah Horvath put the Matadors on top 1-0, even though the Beach was able to get out of the inning with no further damage.
After the 49ers went down in order, the CSUN bats went back to work in the second inning. Ariana Wasserman and Tara Kliebenstein opened the inning with two straight singles, and a one-out walk loaded the bases for the Matadors. Singles from Taylor Glover and Katie Hooper each drove in a pair for CSUN, and the Matadors took a 5-0 lead after two frames.
Long Beach State pulled back a run in the third inning, scoring on a throwing error from Maylynn Mitchell, but the Matadors recovered with a solo run of their own in the top of the fourth.
Long Beach State rallied to score an additional run in the bottom of the seventh, but CSUN closed out the game by a 6-2 margin, throwing out Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi trying to get an extra base at third.
Brianna Elder held on through two rain delays to get the win for CSUN, while Christian Carbajal, who came on in relief for Alderman, ended up pitching 5.1 innings, allowing just the fourth-inning run and striking out a pair.
Both teams breezed through three innings in game two before CSUN opened the scoring in the fourth. Horvath started the rally with a one-out single, and then two more singles brought the cleanup batter in to score. With two on, a double from Maylynn Mitchell scored two more as the Matadors took a 3-0 lead.
The Beach bounced back in the bottom half of the fourth. Haley Tobler led off the inning with a walk, and was followed by a single from Hannah Cookson. Shayna Kimbrough was plunked to load the bases, and Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi made the Matadors and reliever Daphne Pofek pay, doubling to clear the bases and tie the game at three.
CSUN held off the 49ers once more however, as Horvath lifted a home run to left field, once again giving the Matadors the lead in the sixth inning at 4-3.
The series concludes tomorrow with the rubber game between the 49ers and Matadors beginning at 1 p.m.
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