Softball Finishes Tournament Season Against San Diego, San Jose State
March 19, 2014
Long Beach, Calif. -
The 49ers previously played San Jose State this season, defeating the Spartans 3-1 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton on March 7. Shayna Kimbrough and Cya Neal each had two hits to lead the offense, while Erin Jones-Wesley pitched a complete game with six strikeouts to lead The Beach to the win.
Long Beach State and San Diego are playing for the first time since the 2010 season -- The 49ers lead the all-time series between the Southern California schools 8-2.
Erin Jones-Wesley needs just five strikeouts to set the school's career strikeout mark, set by Meredith Cervenka from 2002-05 with 634.
Long Beach State ranks 19th nationally in slugging percentage, at .503, and leads the Big West in all three slash categories, hits, RBI, runs scored, and doubles on the season.
Ashley Holmes continues to lead the team offensively. The junior is leading the 49ers with a .405 batting average,and is slugging .703, second-best in the Big West. She also leads the 49ers with seven home runs, and has 21 RBI on the season.
As a team, the 49ers have hit 29 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 two weeks ago, including a walkoff shot against Texas to also start the week with six home runs on the year.
WHAT'S THE SCORE
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.
Jones-Wesley also earned Big West Pitcher of the Week honors March 3 after pitching a complete game shutout in a 4-0 win against Nevada. Jones-Wesley allowed just 3 hits in seven innings, striking out five in one of her best starts of the season. In the process, Jones-Wesley also tied the career Big West Record with her 14th Pitcher of the Week award.
Big West records are also within reach for the senior. Her win over Syracuse, No. 68, entered her into the Top 10, while 645 strikeouts will make her the first 49er in the Top 10 in Ks in the conference.
Kimbrough's stolen base total has also moved the junior into the Top 10 in school history, where she currently ranks eighth all-time. Kimbrough needs one more to tie Lauren Johnson for seventh all-time, and is halfway to the all-time career leader, current LBSU head coach Kim Sowder, who stole 50 bases as an All-American at Long Beach State.
Lauren Lombardi's grand slam on March 14 against Texas-Arlington was the first for Long Beach State since a walk-off grand slam by Ashley Holmes against Syracuse on February 24th of last season. Lombardi has had an excellent first year with the 49ers, tied for the team lead with five doubles, hitting .340 with three home runs, and a slugging percentage of .638 on the year.
THIS AND THAT
Long Beach State reached 20 wins for the 31st straight season ... The 49ers have never had fewer than 24 wins under either Pete Manarino or Kim Sowder, and have never finished under .500 under Sowder in her seven seasons at the helm.
Announcements regarding additional ESPN3 broadcasts for softball games are upcoming, but could feature Long Beach State ... The 49ers will already be playing on national television for their rivalry series with Cal State Fullerton on ESPNU.
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