March 12, 2013
The LBSU softball team (14-9) has a busy week ahead as the team will host Buffalo on Wednesday in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm (49er Softball Complex) before heading to Santee, Calif. for the San Diego State Classic II, the final tournament of the season.
LBSU played a doubleheader with Buffalo in 2010, winning both games.
The 49ers open up the tournament vs. Massachusetts (2-11) at 4:30 pm on Friday, followed by a game with Miami (OH) (2-13) at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, the team faces Harvard (3-6) at 11:30 am and Fairfield (7-4) at 2:00 pm. LBSU wraps up competition on Sunday vs. San Jose State (14-9) at 2:00 pm.
Long Beach is 3-2 all-time vs. Massachusetts (UMASS), having won the last two meetings. The team is 2-0 against Miami. LBSU is 2-1 all-time against Harvard. The team has never faced Fairfield and is 28-22 all-time vs. San Jose State.
For a complete tournament schedule, information and links to live stats, click here.
Long Beach is coming off of a tough home tournament in which they went 2-3. With just over a week until conference play start, the 49ers will be looking for a solid weekend of play.
In the latest Big West standings, the 49ers rank second in batting average as a team (.277), and are also second in slugging percentage (.439) and fourth in on base percentage (.353) Long Beach leads the Big West in runs scored (114), RBI (100) and total bases (269), while ranking second in home runs (21) and are tied for second in triples (6).
The LBSU pitchers lead the conference in batters struck out (165) and struck out looking (44).
Individually, several 49ers rank in the top 10. Shayna Kimbrough leads the league with her .398 batting average, while Hannah De Gaetano is fifth (.375) and Darian Tautalafua is tied for seventh (.333). Kimbrough also ranks third in stolen bases with 10. Tautalafua is fifth in slugging percentage (.611), while De Gaetano is sixth (.597) and Karli Sandoval is eighth (.587).
Tautalafua is sixth in on base percentage (.442), followed by De Gaetano in seventh (.439). Kimbrough ranks fourth in runs scored with 17 and is tied for first in hits (33). De Gaetano is tied for fourth in hits with 27.
Nalani St. Germain is tied for fifth in runs scored (16), while Sandoval is fifth in RBI (18), followed by a fifth-place tie for De Gaetano and Tautalafua with 17 apiece. Brianna Stephan is tied for second in triples with two, while Sandoval is second in home runs with 6. Ashley Holmes, Tautalafua, and De Gaetano are all tied for fourth in home runs (4).
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