49ers drop 4-2 decision to No. 25 Syracuse at NCAA softball regionals
Karli Sandoval comes around to score after doubling earlier in the inning

Karli Sandoval comes around to score after doubling earlier in the inning

May 18, 2012

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Karli Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a run scored but it wasn't enough for Long Beach State as the 49ers dropped a 4-2 decision to No. 25 Syracuse in the opening round of the NCAA Softball Tournament at the double-elimination Tempe Regional at Farrington Stadium on Friday.

Syracuse (41-14) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a run in the first and another in the second, but LBSU (28-24) rallied to tie the game with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.

Hannah De Gaetano started the rally with a one-out single to the left-centerfield wall and moved to third on a double by Sandoval off the top of the wall in right center. Freshman Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi tied the game when she ripped a double over the first base bag scoring pinch runner Loni Tyler and Sandoval.

Syracuse came right back to take the lead with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth. Carey-Leigh Thomas reached on an error by the 49ers when first baseman Ashlynn Booker couldn't control a low throw from shortstop Shayna Kimbrough.

Erin Jones-Wesley came on in relief of Taylor Petty after the error and retired the next two hitters but couldn't get out of the inning unscathed. Lisaira Daniels (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 run) lifted a ball to deep center that Tupua-Tautalatasi couldn't field cleanly off the wall allowing Daniels to come around with a two-RBI inside-the-park home run.

Petty (8-3) took the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits. Stacy Kuwik (14-3) got the win allowing two runs on four hits in four innings. Jenna Caira picked up her second save striking out four 49ers in three innings while not allowing a hit.

Long Beach State will meet LIU Brooklyn in a loser's bracket game Saturday at 4 p.m. The winner of that plays the Syracuse-Arizona State loser at 7 p.m. ASU and Syracuse play the first game of the day at 1 p.m. No. 3 seed Arizona State beat LIU Brooklyn 9-0 (5) in the second game.



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