May 4, 2013
Long Beach, Calif.--Behind a career day from freshman Darian Tautalafua and a one-hitter by pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley, the Long Beach State softball team notched its final Big West series win of the season, defeating UC Davis 2-0 and 6-1 on Saturday.
Tautalafua, who was on pace to break several records, broke the single season RBI record in the second game after drilling two home runs for four RBI. In all, she has brought in 44 RBI, which broke Jessica Smith's record of 43, set in 2000. For the third time this season, the freshman power hitter also tallied two home runs in a single game, which is also a school record. Tautalafua has now hit 12 home runs this season, which ranks third all-time in LBSU history.
Game 1: LBSU 2, UC Davis 0
Erin Jones-Wesley struck out the first two batters in the top of the first before a fly out ended the Aggies' at bat. Shayna Kimbrough then led off the bottom of the first with a strong double to left center field, prompting an early chat in the circle for UC Davis. After a bunt single moved Kimbrough to third, Hannah De Gaetano was walked to put runners on the corners. A nice double by Karli Sandoval to right field brought in Kimbrough and De Geatano as the 49ers took a 2-0 lead. With Sandoval's two RBI, the junior moved to No. 9 all-time at LBSU in RBI for a single season (37).
In the second inning, an impressive diving catch by right fielder Darian Tautalafua on the first batter robbed the Aggies of a potential single and then two more quick outs ended the at bat for UC Davis. The Aggies then knocked off the top of the 49er order as the second inning ended.
The 49ers loaded the bases in the top of the fourth, but Davis pitcher Justine Vela got out of the jam and prevented a run from scoring. Jones-Wesley's bid for a no-hitter ended in the top of the fourth after she gave up a single to center field that a diving Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi couldn't quite get to. LBSU still got out of the inning without giving up a run and went on to win the game 2-0. Jones-Wesley notched her 18th win of the season, while tallying six strikeouts and just one hit.
Game 2: LBSU 6, UC Davis 1
The Aggies got on the board in the top of the first after an error by Nalani St. Germain allowed a run to score for UC Davis. Both teams went three up and three down in the second inning, keeping the game in favor of the Aggies, 1-0.
In the top of the third, Amanda Hansen walked three straight batters to load the bases for UC Davis, prompting a pitching change as Christian Carbajal came in to finish the game. The junior pitcher was able to get the 49ers out of the inning without giving up a run.
In the bottom of the fourth, Tautalafua drilled her 11th homer of the season and first of the game over the center field fence to tie the game at one all.
The 49ers were able to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth, bringing De Gaetano to the plate. The junior hit a hard single up the middle, bringing in the go-ahead run. With the bases still loaded, the 49ers scored another run after a wild pitch to push the lead to 3-1. Now with two runners on base, Tautalafua then drilled her second home run of the game, bringing in three RBI to extend LBSU's lead to 6-1.
In the top of the sixth, UC Davis was able to load the bases, but the 49er defense again held tight as all three runners were left stranded on base and LBSU would go on to win the series versus UC Davis.
Kimbrough stole her 13th base of the season, which moves her into sole possession of the No. 5 spot all-time in LBSU single season history.
The 49ers wrap up the Big West season on Sunday when they play a third game against UC Davis at 1:00 pm. All fans wearing pink will receive $3 admission into the game as the 49ers wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
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