April 4, 2013
Long Beach State (23-14, 5-1) hosts Cal State Fullerton (15-20, 2-4) this Saturday and Sunday as Big West play continues. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm, with the final game being played on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
Fullerton leads the all-time series 53-71, but the 49ers are currently on a four-game win streak. The last CSUF win came in 2011 when they defeated LBSU 6-5.
LAST TIME OUT: The 49ers recorded their first season sweep, defeating UC Riverside 16-11, 10-2 and 6-2, while scoring 32 runs in the three-game series. During the first two games of the series, the 49ers and Highlanders combined for 37 runs, 46 hits and two grand slams.
APRIL 17 DOUBLEHEADER WITH CSUN TO AIR ON ESPNU: The April 17 doubleheader between LBSU and Cal State Northridge will be televised live on ESPNU beginning at 1:00 pm.
49ERS OFFENSE LEADS THE CONFERENCE: Long Beach State currently leads the conference in 11categories including batting average (.291), runs scored (179), hits (296) and RBI (161). The 49ers have scored 15 more runs than Hawai'i, tallied 31 more hits than Pacific and have brought in 12 more RBI than Hawai'i and are just one game outside of first-place in the Big West.
TAUTALAFUA EARNS 2ND BIG WEST WEEKLY HONOR: Freshman Darian Tautalafua picked up her second Big West Field Player of the Week after an impressive showing at UC Riverside in which she brought in 10 RBI, including three home runs and a game-winning grand slam during the three-game series. The freshman now leads the conference in RBI with 36 and is second in home runs with nine. She has hit six RBI in two games this season, most recently in game one of the UC Riverside series.
KIMBROUGH'S CONSISTENTCY CONTINUES TO PACE THE 49ERS: Shortstop Shayna Kimbrough has started in the top of the order in every game since February 21 and has been a consistent performer in reaching base either by hit or walk. Kimbrough has reached a base in each of the last four games, while commiting zero errors through the last five games. The sophomore leads the conference in hits (50) and at bats (132), while ranking in the top five in batting average (2nd, .379), runs scored (5th, 25) and total bases (9th, 58). She has also tallied a team-leading 14 multi-hit games this season.
DE GAETANO'S BAT LEADS THE CONFERENCE: Third baseman Hannah De Gaetano currently leads the conference in batting average (.400) and is riding a four-game hitting streak. De Gaetano also ranks seventh in slugging percentage (.579) and is fourth in hits with 38. This season, she has hit four home runs, which is tied for third-best on the team. She has tallied 13 multi-hit games this season, second-most on the 49er squad.
SANDOVAL HIT STREAK AT 8 GAMES: Senior Karli Sandoval has extended her hitting streak to eight games, including tallying two two-hit performances in two of the last three games. She has tallied a team-leading seven home runs and is second on the team with eight multi-RBI games. In the Big West, Sandoval ranks third in RBI (29), tied for fifth in home runs (7), tied for fourth in total bases (61), and eighth in slugging percentage (.570).
JONES-WESLEY PITCHERS NO-HITTER VS. FRESNO STATE: Junior Erin Jones-Wesley recorded her first no-hitter since the 2011 season, and the third of her career, when the 49ers defeated Fresno State 8-0 at the San Diego State Classic on March 3. On the season, she is 11-6 with nine complete games and an ERA of 2.77. Her ERA ranks ninth in the conference this season. Jones-Wesley sat out of action for two weeks with a sore shoulder, but returned against UC Riverside on March 29 to post her 11th win of the season.
HANSEN MOVES UP IN BIG WEST RANKINGS: Sophomore Amanda Hansen has moved into the Big West top 10 in several categories this week including being tied for first in saves with two. She is tied for sixth in appearances with 23, is eighth in both batters struck out (54) and opposing batting average (.243), ranks ninth in innings pitched (84.1) and batters struck out looking (9th) and is 10th in ERA (2.85).
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