Softball Wins One, But Postseason Journey Ends With Loss To Notre Dame
May 17, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif. - Long Beach State's 22nd trip to the postseason came to an end on Saturday, as Long Beach State lost to Notre Dame 10-1 after defeating Southern Utah 9-6 in the 49ers' first game of the day.
The loss closed out a record-breaking offensive season for Long Beach State (39-19), who set team records in team batting average (.306), runs scored (318), RBI (289) and doubles (74) while capturing the team's eighth Big West Championship.
Saturday's contest with Notre Dame (41-12) was reminiscent of Friday's, with the Irish jumping out to a big lead early. Emilee Koerner hit a pair of doubles in the first two innings, driving in three runs and scoring twice as the Irish led 6-0 after one and a half innings.
Ashlynn Booker got Long Beach State on the board in the bottom of the second with a solo home run. Notre Dame pulled that run back with three singles in the top of the fourth inning.
Notre Dame scored three additional runs in the top of the seventh inning, leading to the final tally.
Long Beach State reached the nightcap with a comeback victory against Southern Utah (23-31). The 49ers took advantage of three walks, a hit batter, an error and a critical double from Hannah De Gaetano to score four runs on just one hit, opening up a 4-0 lead after one inning.
The Thunderbirds rallied back however, moving within one run after a three-run homer from Kadi Henderson in the third inning. The next frame, a solo home run by Lyndsey Healy tied the game, and Southern Utah tacked on two more as Hansen put the next two runners on before a two-run single by Sara Park.
Southern Utah's Ariel Hart settled down after her wild first inning, but the Long Beach State offense bounced back in a big way in the sixth inning. Booker led off the inning with a single, and Carrasco continued the rally with a base hit of her own.
With two outs, Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi came up with the big hit, tying the game at 6-6 with a double. The rally continued with an RBI single from Shayna Kimbrough, and then three errors from the Thunderbirds combined with hits from Darian Tautalafua and Karli Sandoval made the score 9-6 in favor of Long Beach State.
Erin Jones-Wesley retired the Thunderbirds in the seventh inning to earn her 20th win of the season, finishing her career by reaching at least 20 wins in every season in her career as well as departing The Beach as the LBSU leader in wins with 84, appearances with 148, and strikeouts with 728.
Other records of note on the season included Shayna Kimbrough, whose .395 season batting average is the second highest in school history, while Karli Sandoval closes her career with 22 home runs and 102 RBI.
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