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Softball To Prepares To Host Its Major Tournament

Feb. 25, 2014

Long Beach, Calif. -

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• Long Beach State plays host to the Louisville Slugger Invitational this weekend, with 28 games scheduled over three venues; the 49er Softball Complex, Mayfair Park in Lakewood, and Anderson Family Field at Cal State Fullerton. The 49ers will play five games, all at Mayfair Park.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State8
February 16, 2013
Las Vegas, Nev.
Softball Splits on Day Two of Easton Desert Classic
The Long Beach State softball team won one and lost one on day two of the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., defeating Nevada 8-1 while following to Oregon State 17-3.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State8
Utah Valley1
February 14, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev.
Long Beach State Splits A Pair Of Games Despite Scoring 16 Runs
Long Beach State scored 16 runs over two games, but split in the first day falling 10-8 to Ohio State before picking up an 8-1 win over Utah Valley in the second game of the day.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State3
March 8, 2013
Lakewood, Calif.
11th-Ranked UCLA doubles up the 49ers, 6-3
Lakewood, Calif. - Long Beach State (12-8) dropped its second straight game on Friday night falling to the eleventh ranked UCLA Bruins by a score of 6-3.

The Last Meeting
Long Beach State85
March 8, 2008
Long Beach, Calif.
49ers Rout Northwestern, 8-0
Brooke Turner tossed her second consecutive three-hit shutout, and the Long Beach State bats came alive on Saturday as the 49ers defeated eighth-ranked Northwestern 8-0 in five innings at the Long Beach Invitational.

• Long Beach State will have a rematch with Utah Valley on the first day of the tournament, and will begin Thursday against Nevada, a team LBSU is facing for the second straight season. No. 5 UCLA is next after the first day, and then the 49ers close out the tournament against No. 6 Michigan and Northwestern.

• The 49ers have hosted a tournament at Mayfair Park every year dating back to 2001, which includes each of the eight seasons of Kim Sowder's tenure as head coach. This season marks the first year of the tournament entering into February however.

• Long Beach State's returning players put up one of the best offensive seasons in school history over the 2013 season. The 49ers set team records for batting average (.288), runs scored (266), RBI (237) and home runs (53). The 49ers also had six offensive players earn All-Big West honors, while Shayna Kimbrough was named the Big West Player of the Year and Darian Tautalafua was the Big West Freshman Player of the Year.

• Offensively, the team picked up right where they left off this season, hitting .328 overall and closing out three games in run-rule contests. Long Beach State is slugging .536 as a team, with 19 home runs and 20 doubles already on the year. The team has also been balanced, with seven players hitting over .300 to start the year.

Ashley Holmes continues to lead the team offensively through three weeks. The junior is hitting .452 and slugging an unreal .881, with 6 home runs and a league-leading 20 RBI through 15 games played in 2014.

• All games played at the 49er Softball Complex can be followed via Gametracker at, the home of Long Beach State athletics. Each game at Mayfair Park this weekend will also be carried on Gametracker.

• The latest information on all games for this weekend can be found at on the Tournament Central page for the Louisivlle Slugger Invitational.



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