May 18, 2012
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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