Softball Drops A Pair At UC Riverside
Long Beach State's losing streak continues.
Riverside, Calif. - Long Beach State's struggles continued on the road as the Beach lost both halves of a doubleheader at UC Riverside on Saturday.
Long Beach State (20-27-1, 8-9 Big West) opened the scoring in the first game. Sammi Gyerman singled to start the rally in the third inning, and after a Jessica Flores walk, Lauren MacLeod brought home the first run of the game with an RBI single.
UC Riverside (26-22, 8-9 Big West) answered back by tying the game in the bottom half of the third. Jenna Curtan doubled with two outs, and Madeline Richard followed with a second double to even the score at 1-1.
The Highlanders then opened up the game with a big inning in the fourth. Back-to-back singles put two on, and then an error allowed a run to score and give UCR a 2-1 lead. A Brittney Garcia double then scored both runners on base to make the score 4-1, and then after a hit put runners on the corners, an infield single made the score 5-1 in favor of the Highlanders.
Flores pitched the final two innings and kept UC Riverside off of the board the rest of the way, but Hayley Marschall finished off the complete game, giving up five hits as LBSU wasn't able to pick up any more runs after the third inning.
The Highlanders were the team that got off to a quick start in the second game. Christina Clermont was able to pick up the first two outs in the bottom of the first, but a single by Jenae Lockwood led to a run after an RBI double by Chelsea Holley.
UC Riverside tacked on another run in the second inning, and then took advantage of an off day from reliever Devyn Magnett who entered in the third inning as well as the LBSU defense. Three straight hits loaded the bases, and while the Beach picked off the lead runner at the plate to pick up the first out, an error sparked a huge UCR rally. Two singles and two more errors in the inning led to a total of five runs, as the Highlanders took a 7-0 lead.
The Beach pulled back a pair in the top of the fourth. Flores led off the inning with a walk, and then a call of catcher's interference put two 49ers on with no outs. A single from Hannah Cookson brought home one run, and then Tierra Falo drove in a second with an RBI single.
The Highlanders would add three more runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run triple from Brittney Garcia followed by a wild pitch, and relief pitcher Rebecca Faulkner kept LBSU off the board in the fifth to seal the run-rule victory for UCR.
Long Beach State and UC Riverside will finish off the series with one more game Sunday. First pitch will once again be at 1 p.m.
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