Dingers Lead Softball To A Pair Of Routs Against UCSB
Darian Tautalafua, Lauren Lombardi and Shayna Kimbrough each have five hits over the doubleheader.
Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State hit five home runs on the day against UC Santa Barbara, as the 49ers picked up two resounding wins against the Gauchos. The 49ers dropped UCSB 8-2 in game one, before winning the second game via the run rule, 10-2 in six innings.
Junior Darian Tautalafua drove in four RBI on the day, two in each game to claim the career RBI record at LBSU for her own, now at 116 in her three-year career. Tautalafua had a very memorable day, going 5-for-7 while slugging 1.714, walking once, hitting a double and two home runs, and scoring four times along with setting the RBI record.
Long Beach State (27-24, 14-6 Big West) scored in 10 of the 49ers' 12 offensive innings on Friday, and the team set a season-high with 18 hits in game two. Shayna Kimbrough and Lauren Lombardi joined Tautalafua with five hits over both sides of the doubleheader, as the 49ers finished with 29 hits over the two games against UC Santa Barbara (19-34, 6-14 Big West)
Christina Clermont went the distance for the tenth straight game in the opener for Long Beach State. The sophomore allowed just four hits, and was never really troubled on the way to her 19th win of the season as the offense struck early and often on Friday.
Scoring an unearned run to take the lead in the first inning, the 49ers loaded the bases in the second with one out, scoring a pair of runs on a fielder's choice and a double from Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi.
The Beach broke the game open in the third inning, as a leadoff walk to Tautalafua led to a pair of runs as Summer Pohl hit the first LBSU homer of the day, a two-run shot to dead center. A solo home run from Lauren Lombardi made the score 6-0 after three innings.
Three straight hits, capped by a double from Tautalafua scored another run in the fourth inning, but the rally ended just short of ending the opener early. A third homer of the day gave the Beach their eighth run, as Tautalafua hit her first of two solo home runs of the day, but a two-run homer from UCSB's MeShalon Moore earlier in the inning forced the game to go the distance.
In game two, UCSB struck first, picking up a pair of runs on RBI hits from Moore and Shelby Wisdom. However, Amanda Hansen, making her first appearance since early April, settled down on the way to pitching her fourth complete game of the year, allowing no more runs the rest of the game.
The Beach would give the senior plenty of support. A leadoff walk to Kimbrough and double from Lauren Lombardi cut the lead in half in the first inning, and LBSU tied the game in the second inning on an RBI double from Kimbrough after a two-out hit from Hannah Cookson started a rally for the 49ers.
The third inning was the big inning for Long Beach State for the second game in a row however. Haley Tobler kicked things off with a leadoff double, and after an RBI single from Tautalafua, Julia Lombardi hit the fourth home run of the day, a two-run shot to right field that made the score 5-2. Pohl would come around to score the fourth run of the inning after drawing a walk on a sacrifice fly from LT Torres, and the 49ers again had a big lead.
Long Beach State learned their lesson from the first game, and kept a foot on the gas to end the game early. After the team scored again in the fourth inning, Tautalafua led off the sixth with a solo home run, capping her outstanding day.
Mattie Scheele kept the action going with a walk, and after a double from Cookson put two runners in scoring position, back-to-back singles from Kimbrough and Tupua-Tautalatasi brought home the final two runs as the Beach walked off 10-2 in six innings.
With the two wins Friday, Long Beach State secured a finish no lower than second place in the Big West this season, and can finish the season on a six-game winning streak with a victory on Sunday on Senior Day. The Beach will honor their six seniors prior to the game at 1 p.m.
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