Falo, Sanchez Deliver Game-Winning Hits In DH Sweep
Long Beach State recognized their four seniors Saturday.
Long Beach, Calif. -
Long Beach State had a memorable senior day, closing the regular season for its four seniors with a pair of wins over Hawai'i, defeating the Rainbow Wahine 4-2 and 1-0 on Saturday.
Hawai'i (24-30, 8-13 Big West) scored the first run of the doubleheader in the second inning. Tayana Mata singled to start the inning, and after two hit batters, a bases loaded walk brought home the first run of the game before Christina Clermont and the Beach got out of the inning.
Long Beach State (32-30, 12-9 Big West) took the lead in the opener with a fourth-inning rally. Darian Tautalafua singled to start the inning, and then a double from Julia Lombardi put two runners in scoring position for the Beach. Tautalafua scored on a passed ball, and then a single from Nichole Fry brought home Lombardi to give the 49ers a 2-1 edge.
The teams then traded runs in the sixth inning. Two hit batters set up the Rainbow Wahine, who tied the game with an RBI single from Sarah Muzik.
Long Beach State immediately regained the lead in the bottom half. Tierra Falo walked to start the inning, and after a single from Lombardi, Fry was hit for the 9th time this season to load the bases. Irma Sanchez then singled, scoring two to give the Beach a 4-2 lead.
Clermont finished off the complete game victory, striking out five for the second game in the row and closing out the win.
Pitching dominated the second game, as Clermont matched up with Kanani Aina Cabrales of the Rainbow Wahine in a classic pitcher's duel.
Aina Cabrales held Long Beach State to just one hit over the first five innings, while keeping the Beach off of the board, and Clermont in her second start of the day was her equal, holding Hawai'i scoreless on the way to her seventh shutout of the season, striking out five once more and allowing only three hits in the win.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pinch hitter Mattie Scheele drew a leadoff walk, and then in a wacky play, as third base went uncovered on a single from Alley Perkins, Haley Tobler, who'd reentered the game, was thrown out at third, but Perkins advanced to second on the play with one out.
A single from LT Torres put runners on the corners, and then Falo delivered a game-winning single to score the senior Perkins.
The Beach will learn their postseason fate on Sunday night, as the NCAA Selection Show will be televised live at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
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