Softball Travels to No. 14 Hawai'i for Crucial Big West Series
April 24, 2013
Long Beach State (30-19, 12-6) will travel to Honolulu to face No. 14 Hawai'i (37-8, 14-1) in a crucial Big West series this Friday and Saturday. Hawai'i stands in first-place, while the 49ers are tied for second with Pacific. LBSU will need to win the series against Hawai'i to keep its hopes alive of winning a second straight Big West crown. Hawai'i has to face LBSU, Pacific and UCSB in its final three series of the season.
The 49ers lead the all-time series 49-25, but Hawai'i won last - 10-4 on Feb. 18, 2011. LBSU won the last series meeting in 2008, two games to one.
Long Beach State hit the 30-win mark last weekend with wins over UC Santa Barbara, marking the ninth time in 12 years the team has done so. Four of those 30-win seasons have come under Head Coach Kim Sowder, who is 94-47 (.667) all-time in conference games heading into the weekend. (stat courtesy of the Big West Conference).
LAST TIME OUT: Long Beach split a doubleheader, which was televised live on ESPNU, with Cal State Northridge, but won the series (defeated CSUN 1-0 on April 10). The 49ers lost game one 4-2, but won the second game 2-0 as Amanda Hansen recorded a shutout complete game. In the weekend series versus UCSB, the 49ers won two of three games to move into a tie for second-place in the Big West with Pacific. LBSU blanked the Gauchoes 6-0 in game one as Hansen recorded her second consecutive shutout. The 49ers also won game two 5-2, but lost the final game 2-1.
49ERS BREAK SCHOOL RECORD FOR SINGLE SEASON HOME RUNS: The 49ers have hit a combined 40 home runs this season, breaking the school record mark of 39, set during the 2005 season. This season's team is also on track to break the batting average record of .279, set in 2011. The team is currently hitting .286 with eight regular season games left to play.
ST. GERMAIN EXTENDS LBSU CAREER HOME RUN RECORD: After hitting a home run in each of the two games in the doubleheader at Pacific on April 13, Nalani St. Germain broke the career school record for home runs. She has extended the record mark again after hitting two home runs during the series with UCSB. St. Germain's record now stands at 28, four better than the previous record set by Lauren Johnson (24). The senior is also just two RBI and six runs away from the single season records in each respective category. She is tied for fourth in the Big West in home runs (4) and seventh in RBI (12) for conference games.
TAUTALAFUA COULD BREAK RECORDS THIS SEASON: Freshman Darian Tautalafua, who has been named the Big West Field Player of the Week twice this season, is currently tied for fifth in home runs with nine and is ninth in RBI with 37. She needs just six more RBI and five home runs to set single season records for the 49ers. In Big West games this season, Tautalafua ranks ninth in slugging percentage (.583), 10th in on-base percentage (.469), tied for seventh in runs scored (10), tied for second in RBI (15), tied for fourth in home runs (4) and is first in walks (16).
KIMBROUGH HITS FIRST HOME RUN AT PACIFIC: Starting short stop Shayna Kimbrough hit her first career home run at Pacific on April 14 and is currently tied for fourth in the Big West in hits with 21. In conference play, she has had the most consistent bat, leading the team with a .373 average. In all games this season, she ranks second for the 49ers with an average of .365. Kimbrough also is now tied for 10th in the LBSU single season record list for stolen bases (11).
DE GAETANO'S BAT LEADS THE 49ERS: Third baseman Hannah De Gaetano currently leads LBSU in batting average, hitting .374, while tallying 22 RBI (4th-most on the team). De Gaetano is on track to set break the career batting average record for the 49ers, Her average of .339 puts her first with just eight regular season games remaining. If her average holds up, she will break Jennifer Griffin's record of .324 (2008-09).
HOLMES TIES SINGLE-GAME RECORD FOR HOME RUNS: Ashley Holmes tied the single-game school record for home runs (2) at Pacific on April 13, hitting two in LBSU's extra inning victory over the Tigers. On the season, Holmes has hit six home runs, and needs just two more to crack the all-time single season top-10. This season, the two home run record has been achieved by five 49ers - Holmes, Tautalafua (two times), De Geatano and Sandoval.
SANDOVAL NOW TIED FOR 6TH ALL-TIME IN SINGLE SEASON HOME RUNS: Senior Karli Sandoval now ranks tied for sixth all-time in single season homeruns with eight after hitting another at Pacific on April 13. Sandoval also had an eight-game hitting streak that was snapped in the series with Cal State Fullerton, the longest for any 49er in 2013.
HANSEN PITCHES 2 CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS: Sophomore Amanda Hansen has come on strong for the 49ers over the last two weeks, pitching two consecutive shutouts - vs. UCSB (4/20) and vs. CSUN (4/17). In Big West games, Hansen now ranks seventh in ERA (1.95), second in innings pitched (68.1), tied for sixth in batters struck out (22), tied for fourth in wins (3), tied for second in saves (5) and tied for third in appearances (12).