April 29, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Erin Jones-Wesley threw a two-hit shutout for the second consecutive day to lead Long Beach State to a 6-0 Big West Conference win over UC Riverside Sunday at the 49er Softball Complex.
The win allowed Long Beach State (23-22, 11-4) to remain in a first-place tie with Pacific in the Big West standings with two weeks to play. The 49ers and Tigers will play a three-game series May 11-12 in Long Beach.
Jones-Wesley (17-12) gave up a soft hit over second baseman Nalani St. Germain's head in the second inning, while allowing another soft hit over third baseman Hannah De Gaetano's head in the third inning. She struck out six, while allowing three walks in seven innings. The 49er pitcher ran her scoreless innings streak to 19.1, and her consecutive-inning streak without allowing an earned run to 29.
The 49ers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning behind two hits. Karli Sandoval got LBSU on the board with a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Shayna Kimbrough. St. Germain followed with a RBI single to center scoring Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi.
Long Beach State added four more runs in the bottom of the second with four hits and two crucial UCR errors. The 49ers loaded the bases on back-to-back hits by Ashlynn Booker and Sarah Carrasco, and a hit by Kimbrough after an out.
Tupua-Tautalatasi grounded back to pitcher Taylor Alvarez whose throw home was dropped by catcher Alexis Pickett allowing Carrasco to score on the play to make it 3-0.
Things went from bad to worse for UC Riverside (20-27, 3-12 Big West) on the next play. De Gaetano hit a ground ball to second baseman Alaina Thomas whose throw was wild to the plate allowing Megan Denio and Kimbrough to score to make it 5-0.
St. Germain added a RBI single to left center scoring De Gaetano to give LBSU a 6-0 lead.
St. Germain led LBSU going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Tupua-Tautalatasi was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kimbrough scored two runs.
Amy Lwin (2-5) took the loss for UCR allowing four runs in an inning.
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