Torres, Tautalafua Deliver As Long Beach State Takes Series At #25 Cal State Fullerton
Long Beach State takes a pair on the road against the previously unbeaten Titans.
Fullerton, Calif. -
LT Torres had five RBI and Darian Tautalafua added a pair with a two-run triple as Long Beach State put together a statement win over No. 25 Cal State Fullerton, winning 8-4 and taking the series against the league leaders.
Tautalafua’s two RBI meant that the senior now has 171 in her career, passing Jennifer Curtier of Pacific for the most in Big West history. Tautalafua now owns two Big West career records, most career home runs and RBI, and will have the most RBI in one season for the 49ers with her next one, passing teammate Lauren Lombardi for the record.
Cal State Fullerton (39-12, 13-2 Big West) took an early lead, as Missy Taukeiaho drew a walk, and Alexis Gonzales hit a home run to left center to push the Titans in front 2-0.
Long Beach State (28-18, 8-7 Big West) cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning. Freshman Tierra Falo kicked off the frame with a single. Lauren MacLeod was hit by a pitch, and after a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners, an RBI groundout from Torres made the score 2-1.
The Beach broke the game open in the fifth inning. The Titans walked two straight batters to start the inning despite a pitching change, and Long Beach State capitalized. An infield single from Alley Perkins loaded the bases, and then Torres singled to left field, scoring two runs. Tautalafua’s triple scored two more runs for Long Beach State, and then a sacrifice fly from Julia Lombardi brought home the senior to give the Beach a 6-2 lead.
Torres brought home two more runs in the top of the sixth, as Long Beach State again took advantage of walks. Destinie Ybarra walked the first two batters of the inning, and after a pitching change, Torres doubled to score both MacLeod and Perkins to give the Beach an 8-2 lead.
The Titans threatened in the bottom half, loading the bases with one out, but Christina Clermont was able to induce a popup that would lead to the end of the inning. Delynn Rippy singled to score a pair, but Alley Perkins threw out pinch runner Raeann Martinez at third base to end the rally and keep the lead at 8-4 for LBSU.
Clermont improved to 18-8 with the win, going the distance while striking out three and picking up a crucial victory for Long Beach State in the circle.
Long Beach State will finish off the regular season at home, playing the final six games of the season at the LBSU Softball Complex. The Beach will host UC Riverside next weekend starting with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 7, before finishing the regular season against Hawai’i.
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