Beach Wins Final Series Of The Year At Hawai'i
Freshman Aniesa Maulupe's second home run of the season leads to the game two win in Friday's doubleheader.
Honolulu, Hawaii - Long Beach State hit three home runs on Friday, including a three-run shot from freshman Aniesa Maulupe in game two on the way to a win in the back half of the doubleheader Friday to capture a series win on the road at Hawai'i.
Two home runs for the Beach weren't enough to overcome a slew of bad luck on in the opening game. Hawai'i (29-23, 8-13 Big West) pushed across a run in the first inning, taking advantage of a leadoff hit from Danielle Garcialita. After a bunt, an RBI single pushed across the first run of the game for the Rainbow Wahine to take a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
After a leadoff walk in the second inning by Sammi Gyerman, Tierra Falo hit her fourth home run of the season to give Long Beach State (23-28-1, 11-10 Big West) a 2-1 lead, extending her team lead in home runs.
Angelique Ramos tied the game with a home run in the bottom of the second inning, and then the game broke open with bad luck for the Beach in the third inning. A leadoff walk, an error on the ensuing bunt, and then a second sacrifice put two runner in scoring position with the game tied at 2-2.
A hard ground ball then caught shortstop Nichole Fry in the head, leading to an error from a covering Mattie Scheele and allowing a run to score, and then a single and a sacrifice fly brought home two more unearned runs as Hawai'i took the lead and forced Fry out of the game with injury.
As is the way in softball, the first ball of the fourth inning came to Kelli Finan in replacement of Fry for just the second time in 2017, and led to an error that would cascade into two more runs in the frame, giving Hawai'i a 7-2 lead after five unearned runs in two innings.
Jessica Flores hit her fourth home run of the season to equal Falo on the season in the top of the fifth inning, but the damage was already done in a 7-4 loss for the Beach.
Maulupe put the Beach in front in game two and Long Beach State never looked back to grab a win in the final game of the season by flipping the script against Hawai'i.
Long Beach State scored first, as Sammi Gyerman walked to start the game, and then stole second for her seventh stolen base of the season. Flores then singled to drive home the senior, giving the Beach a 1-0 lead.
Hawai'i answered back with a solo home run off of Jessica Flores in the bottom half of the first inning, but the Beach pushed back in front in the top of the third.
Hannah Cookson doubled to start the inning, and after a walk to Flores, Maulupe lifer her second home run of the season to left field to give the Beach a 4-1 lead.
Flores got the action started once more in the fifth inning, hitting an infield sinlge to start the inning. Lauren MacLeod followed with a hit that was misplayed in right field, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs. Falo was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and LT Torres singled to bring home two important runs to make the score 6-1 in favor of the Beach. A Kelli Finan double brought home one more run in the fifth for LBSU to make the score 7-1.
Hawai'i scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning a three-run homer from Heather Morales, but Christina Clermont finished off the final five innings of the game to capture her tenth win of the season.
Long Beach State finishes the season with an RPI in the Top 100 in the country and a conference record of 11-10, the tenth time in 11 seasons under Kim Sowder that the 49ers have finished over .500 in the Big West.
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