March 11, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. -
Tournament play continues for Long Beach State this week, as the 49ers head south for five games in the San Diego Classic II, the first of two straight weekends Long Beach State will play in San Diego.
San Diego State plays host to the tournament this weekend, and will face Long Beach State in the second game for the 49ers, as the former conference foes match up once again. The 49ers will also face UT-Arlington twice, Harvard and Texas Tech this weekend.
This weekend's tournament is an important one for The Beach, as all four schools that Long Beach State will play start the weekend with a record over .500. The Aztecs match Long Beach State exactly with a 16-7 record, while Texas Tech enters the weekend with a 18-6 overall mark.
Offensively, the team picked up right where they left off this season, hitting .336 overall and closing out five games in run-rule contests. Long Beach State is slugging .530 as a team, with 28 home runs and 32 doubles on the year. The team has also been balanced, with eight players hitting over .300.
Long Beach State ranks 15th nationally in slugging percentage, at .530, and leads the Big West in all three slash categories, hits, RBI Runs scored, and home runs on the season.
Ashley Holmes continues to lead the team offensively. The junior is hitting a Big West best .441 and slugging an unreal .797, with 7 home runs and 21 RBI through 23 games played in 2014.
As a team, the 49ers have hit 28 total home runs. Holmes leads the team with seven, but sophomore Darian Tautalafua has hit 6 after leading the team with 13 last year as a freshman, and Ashlynn Booker hit three last week, including a walkoff shot against Texas to also start the week with six home runs on the year.
WHAT'S THE SCORE
All games played at the 49er Softball Complex can be followed via Gametracker at www.longbeachstate.com, the home of Long Beach State athletics. Select visiting games will also be carried with live stats, including all games this weekend at the San Diego Classic II. Gametracker is also now viewable on all tablets and smartphones.
A scheduling note - due to the rainouts during the Louisville Slugger Invitational, Long Beach State and UCLA have agreed to play a double-header at Mayfair Park on Monday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m.
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