Softball Upends No. 14 Hawai'i to Clinch Crucial Big West Series
The 49ers won the series versus No. 14 Hawai'i after posting two wins on Saturday, 14-7 and 11-3.
April 27, 2013
Long Beach State (32-20, 14-7) upended No. 14 Hawai'i on Saturday (38-10, 15-3) , grabbing two victories to win a crucial Big West series. LBSU's series win marks the first time this season in which Hawai'i has lost a Big West series.
During the doubleheader on Saturday, the 49ers scored 25 runs while tallying eight home runs. LBSU had already broken the school record for home runs in a season and continues to smash the previous mark of 39. Nalani St. Germain, the career home run record holder for the 49ers, hit a home run in each game, while Sarah Carrasco also added a homer in each victory.
The 49ers now hold sole possession of second-place with just one conference series remaining - vs. UC Davis on May 4/5.
Game 1: LBSU 14, Hawai'i 7
Hawai'i was without their ace pitcher, Kaia Parnaby, after a hit by Darian Tautalafua in Friday's game bounced off the pitcher's glove and hit her in the face and the 49ers took full advantage of the backup pitchers en route to a big win as a three-run homer by Karli Sandoval (her ninth of the season) gave the 49ers a 3-0 lead. Hawai'i answered with its own home run by the first batter 49er pitcher Christian Carbajal faced. The 49ers tacked on two more runs in the top of the second (5-1), but Hawai'i answered with a five-run bottom of the inning to take its first lead of the game at 6-5.
LBSU came up big with back-to-back home runs by Carrasco and St. Germain to take the lead at 7-6, and then added one more run to lead 8-6. With Erin Jones-Wesley now in the circle (she came in after 1.1 innings pitched by Carbajal), the junior tallied five straight strike outs and a ground out to keep Hawai'i scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings.
LBSU then tacked on three more runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to extend its lead to 14-6. Hawai'i could only manage a single run in the bottom of the seventh as the 49ers would beat their first ranked opponent this season, 14-7.
Game 2: LBSU 11, Hawai'i 3 (5 innings
In the final game of the series, the 49ers crushed the Wahine, scoring 11 runs before Hawai'i could get on the board as the game ended in five innings due to the mercy rule.
After getting the win in the first game, Jones-Wesley got the start in the second and improved to 17-8 with a decisive victory by the 49ers. Tautalafua got the 49ers on the board first with a two run homer to put The Beach up 2-0.
The 49ers extended their lead to 3-0 in the third inning and then had an offensive explosion in the fifth as they scored five runs to push the lead to 8-0. LBSU then extended its lead to 11-0 after back-to-back home runs again by Carrasco and St. Germain in the top of the fifth as the mercy rule was just half an inning away from ending the game.
Hawai'i was able to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the game was called as LBSU won 11-3.
Long Beach returns home for its final Big West series of the season versus UC Davis with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 1:00 pm and the final game being played at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 5.
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