49ers split pair in opening games of Long Beach Invitational
March 8, 2012
Lakewood, Calif.- - Lakewood, Calif.- Long Beach State split its opening games of the annual Long Beach State Invitation, defeating Eastern Kentucky University 10-7 and losing to Oregon State 12-2 at Mayfair Park.
Long Beach State (8-16) will host the UCLA Bruins (15-6) March 9th scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at Mayfair Park as they continue their play at the Long Beach Invitational.
Game One: LBSU 10, EKU 7
Six 49ers recorded two hits during the first game, led by Hannah De Gaetano and her four RBI in the match.
From the opening pitch, the offense was flowing for the 49ers. They scored runs in every inning but the 6th inning, on route to their 14 hits earning them 10 runs.
The Colonels scored the first run of the contest on a double to left field by Shannon McQueen, pushing Raquel Howes across the plate.
Cya Neal started the rally for LBSU in the bottom of the first inning with a lead off triple to deep right center field. She was batted home by De Gaetano's sacrifice fly. Nalani St. Germain doubled to right field to score the second run for Long Beach State.
Tupua-Tautalatasi scored in the bottom of the first for the 49ers, building the lead to 3-1.
Eastern Kentucky responded with two runs in the top of the third inning, to tie the game at 3-3. Singles by Diane Gallagher and Carissa Reisinger, put a runner in scoring position. Howes hit a single up the middle to score Gallagher. Katie Tackett brought Reisinger home off a right field single.
LBSU scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, to put the home team ahead for good. Tupua- Tautalatasi drew an RBI walk in the fourth, and De Gaetano homered in the fourth.
The 49ers rocked the scoreboard for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, pushing their lead to 10-5. Tupua- Tautalatasi and Megan Denio hit RBI singles to bring the first two runs home. De Gaetano's single to center field, pushed two 49er runners home for an additional two runs. Shayna Kimbrough scored the final run of the inning in part to a left field single by Ashlynn Booker.
Eastern Kentucky crossed two more scores in the top of the sixth inning to trim the 49ers advantage. Melissa Costa scored the first due to a fielding error by LBSU. Gallagher scored the second run of the frame on a fielder's choice.
Erin Jones- Wesley earned the win (8-7) and continued her string off victories for the 49ers. She has pitched 12 complete games, including all eight wins for the team. Jones- Wesley struck out five batters, allowing seven runs off 10 base hits.
Shaylon Robb (2-3) received the loss for the Colonels, succumbing 14 hits and 10 runs in 4.2 innings on the mound.
Eastern Kentucky had four players go 2-4 on the day, including Howes and Tackett who added two RBI and McQueen who had three RBI's for the Colonels.
Game Two: OSU 12, LBSU 2
The offensive explosive of the first game, did not carry over into the second contest. Long Beach State was outscored by 10 runs during the seventh inning where the Beavers scored six runs.
Paige Hall had three of the Beavers eight hits.
Oregon State put up three first inning runs, to lead the game from start to finish. They scored the runs off an RBI single from Desiree Beltran, a sacrifice fly from Erin Guzy, and a double by Ally Kutz.
The 49ers trimmed the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the second inning, on a triple to left field by Denio.
The Beavers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, and a run in the fifth inning due to a left field single by Elizabeth Santana.
Oregon State lit up the scoreboard in the seventh inning, pushing their 6-2 lead to 12-2 advantage. Most of the damage came off a three shot home run by Kutz.
Marina Demore (7-1) was awarded the win for Oregon State allowing only two runs by way of eight hits during her five innings in command of the ball.
Christian Carbajal (0-5) received a losing decision for her six innings on the mound. She gave up only five hits, but walked 11 batters on way to allowing six scores.
Reliever Amanda Hansen gave up the other six runs on only three hits.