April 29, 2013
Long Beach State won a crucial series against first-place Hawai'i behind the stellar play of Shayna Kimbrough and Erin Jones-Wesley, who were selected the Big West Softball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Kimbrough Leads Charge In Series Victory Over First-Place Hawai'i
Long Beach State sophomore Shayna Kimbrough (Oxnard, Calif./Frontier HS) turned in an exceptional performance from the leadoff spot to help the 49ers win a series against first place Hawai'i, garnering Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The shortstop scored seven runs and drove in three more to account for one-third of Long Beach State's offense in the key road series against the nation's No. 14-ranked squad.
Kimbrough hit .667 (8-for-12) as the 49ers rebounded from an opening game loss Friday to outscore the Rainbow Wahine 25-10 in a doubleheader on Saturday.
She went 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and two RBI in a 14-7 victory. Kimbrough followed that up with a 2-for-4 effort in a five-inning 11-3 win in the rubber game of the series. She scored twice, drove in a run and added a stolen base in that win.
Kimbrough posted the first of three straight multi-hit games when she batted 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the series opener.
For the week, she recorded a .615 on-base percentage and .750 slugging percentage.
Others nominated: Gabby Aragon (Cal State Fullerton); Chandler Wagner (UC Davis); Kayla White (UC Riverside); Lauren Boser (UC Santa Barbara); Kelly Majam (Hawai'i)
Jones-Wesley Holds Down Powerful UH Offense
Erin Jones-Wesley (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS) earned two wins in a crucial series against first-place Hawai'i, giving the Long Beach State junior Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week honors.
The right-hander pitched 10 innings over two games and limited the potent Rainbow Wahine offense to just four runs. In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, a 14-7 victory, Jones-Wesley came on in relief of starter Christian Carbajal who had allowed four runs through 1.1 innings. Jones-Wesley yielded just two hits and two runs in her stint while striking out right.
The 49ers won 11-3 in five innings in the doubleheader nightcap as Jones-Wesley got the start. She held UH scoreless until the fifth inning when the Rainbow Wahine tallied a pair of runs. Jones-Wesley escaped a jam in the second inning when UH loaded the bases.
For the week, Jones-Wesley went 2-0 with a 2.80 earned run average.
Others nominated: Jasmine Antunez (Cal State Fullerton); Justine Vela (UC Davis); Alyssa Razo (UC Riverside); Shelby Wisdom (UC Santa Barbara)
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