April 26, 2014
Northridge, Calif. - Darian Tautalafua hit solo home runs to give Long Beach State the lead in both games of Saturday's doubleheader at Cal State Northridge, leading the 49ers to a pair of wins over the Matadors. After winning game one 8-3, Long Beach State cruised to an 8-0 run-rule victory in six innings in game two.
Long Beach State (35-13, 12-2 Big West) rallied to a game one win after some early stumbles. The Matadors picked up back-to-back hits to start the bottom of the first inning, and cashed both in with a sacrifice fly and a push bunt to take a 2-0 lead.
A third run came across the plate in the second inning, as a leadoff double from Arianna Wassmer led to a run after an RBI triple by Abby Linn, giving Cal State Northridge (29-21, 6-8 Big West) a 3-0 lead.
The Beach bounced back in the third inning, capitalizing on a number of Matador miscues. Christina Montoya doubled to start the frame, and an error on a sacrifice put runners on the corners for Cya Neal. Neal reached after an error to get the lead runner, scoring Montoya, and then a two-base passed ball brought the 49ers within one. Neal would then score on an RBI single from Karli Sandoval, tying the score.
Tied 3-3 entering the top of the seventh inning, Darian Tautalafua cracked a home run to dead center field, giving the 49ers the lead, and after a walk to Karli Sandoval, Ashlynn Booker followed with a two-run blast to put Long Beach State out in front 6-3.
After a pitching change, The Beach loaded up the bases, and Montoya drove in two more runs with a single to give LBSU an 8-3 lead. Hansen cruised through the bottom half to collect the win in relief.
Tautalafua came through again for Long Beach State, opening the scoring in game two with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. The 49ers then pushed across another run in the top of the fifth, before breaking the game open in the sixth, chasing CSUN starter Crystal Maas.
Booker reached on an error to start the sixth, and then Lauren Lombardi hit a two-run home run to left field, advancing the 49er lead up to 4-0. The inning would continue, as two runners were put on for Tautalafua, who crushed her third home run of the day to put the capper on a six-run inning for The Beach.
Hansen finished off her third straight shutout against the Matadors while also getting her second win of the day. The junior struck out a pair, scattering three hits while walking no batters.
Long Beach State will try to earn the sweep over the Matadors as the series concludes tomorrow. First pitch Sunday is scheduled for Noon at Matador Diamond in Northridge.
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