Baylor Beats Long Beach State In Walkoff Thiller To Start Regionals
Long Beach State rallies to tie the game but falls in the bottom of the seventh.
Eugene, Ore. - Alley Perkins drove in the tying run in the sixth inning, capping a comeback that saw Long Beach State pull back an early lead from Baylor, but the Lady Bears had the last laugh, finishing the game with a solo home run from Jessie Scroggins to capture a 3-2 win in the first game of the Eugene Regional.
Baylor (44-12) struck first, scoring in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff single from Scroggins started things off for the Lady Bears, and then after a hit batter, a double from Linsey Hays brought home the first run of the game. A walk loaded the bases, and then a station-to-station single from Lindsey Cargill brought home one more run, making the score 2-0 before the Beach got out of the inning.
Both pitchers settled in for three scoreless innings until Long Beach State (32-21) rallied for a run in the fifth. Haley Tobler led off the inning with a single, and after a groundout moved Tobler into scoring position, the Beach put runners on the corners on a liner from LT Torres that played off the chest of Linsey Cargill in left field.
Long Beach State capitalized on the error, as Tierra Falo brought home Tobler with a sacrifice fly to make the score 2-1.
Momentum seemed to switch to Long Beach State in a wild bottom half of the fifth inning. Scroggins started off the inning with a flare into right field that dropped on to the line; that ended as a triple however as the first base umpire pointed foul but didn’t call the play dead, allowing Scroggins to advance to third.
Clermont was able to get Kyla Walker to pop up, and then a sparkling defensive play lifted the Beach. On a hard grounder hit to short, Nichole Fry elected to throw home where Irma Sanchez turned and fired to third base, retiring Scroggins on the 6-2-5 fielder’s choice, helping the 49ers get out of the inning unscathed.
Carrying the momentum, Fry drew a one-out walk in the sixth, and Sanchez followed with a single to put two on. Perkins then singled off of Lady Bears star pitcher Heather Stearns to bring home pinch runner Jessica Nogosek and tie the game.
Stearns, who had come in to face Perkins, struck out LT Torres to end the rally, and then struck out the side in the seventh to keep the game tied. Scroggins then led off the bottom of the seventh and hit a solo home run to end the game and send the Beach into the first elimination game at the Eugene Regional.
Long Beach State will play in the elimination game tomorrow against the loser of the evening game between Fordham and the hosts, Oregon. That game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., and will be carried on the ESPN family of networks.
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