May 6, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Taylor Petty threw a one-hitter and the Long Beach State offense erupted for nine fourth inning runs en route to an 11-0 Big West Conference win over Cal State Fullerton at Anderson Family Field on Sunday.
Petty (8-1) allowed just an infield hit to Adriana Martinez who beat out a throw from third baseman Hannah De Gaetano to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Petty finished with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
Megan Denio led LBSU going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Bree Stephan went 2-for-2 with a RBI and a three runs scored, while Ashlynn Booker was 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Hannah De Gaetano and Karli Sandoval were both 2-for-4 with a RBI. Sandoval also scored a run.
The 49ers swept the three-game weekend series from the Titans (19-29, 7-11 Big West) for the first time since 2005.
The 49ers (26-22, 14-4 Big West) got out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning on a RBI single by Stephan and a throwing error on Titan shortstop Gabby Aragon. Stephan got the 49ers on the board with a single that scored Sandoval, before coming around to score on a throwing error by Aragon on an infield hit by Denio.
LBSU broke it open with nine runs in the top of the fourth inning. Stephan opened the inning with a single and came around to score on a two-run home run by Booker, her team-leading sixth.
Denio and Cya Neal both singled to put runners on first and third for the 49ers. De Gaetano drove in Denio with a single up the middle, and Sandoval followed with a RBI double scoring Neal. Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi added a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.
LBSU added four more runs in the inning on a bases loaded walk to Booker, a two-RBI single by Denio and a single by Shayna Kimbrough where the runner scored on an error by Titan right fielder Tiffany Sheffler.
Desiree Ybarra (13-15) took the loss for Cal State Fullerton.
Long Beach State finishes its season with a three-game series next Friday and Saturday against Pacific. The first-place 49ers lead Pacific, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara by two games heading into the final weekend of conference play. LBSU's magic number to clinch the title and a NCAA Tournament berth is two.
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