Softball Hosts UC Davis in Final Big West Series of the Season
May 2, 2013
Long Beach State (32-20, 14-7) will host UC Davis (21-24, 8-10) in its final Big West series of the season this Saturday and Sunday. A doubleheader will be played on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 1:00 pm, while the final game of the series will be on Sunday, May 5 at 1:00 pm.
On Sunday, both teams will be wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans who attend the game wearing pink will also receive special $3 admission.
LAST TIME OUT: Long Beach State upset conference-leading Hawai'i, winning two of three games in Honolulu. The 49ers defeated their first ranked opponent of the season as the Wahine were ranked 14th heading into the series. Hawai'i took game one by a score of 14-7, but the 49ers dominated the final two games, winning 14-7 and 11-3 (ended after five innings).
CONFERENCE TITLE COULD BE DECIDED THIS WEEKEND: Hawai'i is currently leading LBSU by 2.5 games and Pacific by three, and can clinch its first Big West crown with a sweep of UCSB and a Pacific loss this weekend (Pacific is at Cal State Fullerton).
49ERS SURPASS 2012 WIN TOTAL: With just five regular season games remaining, the 49ers have already surpassed their 2012 win total (29) with 32 victories. Head Coach Kim Sowder is just four conference wins shy of posting her 100th career Big West win (96-48). That record will have to wait until next season since the 49ers have just three Big West games remaining this season.
KIMBROUGH & JONES-WESLEY SWEEP BIG WEST WEEKLY HONORS: After winning two of three games at Hawai'i, the 49ers swept the weekly Big West honors with Erin Jones-Wesley being named Pitcher of the Week, while Shayna Kimbrough was named Field Player of the Week. Kimbrough was responsible for 1/3 of the 49ers runs in the series and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the plate in the second game. Jones-Wesley recorded two wins as she held the Wahine offense to just four runs in 10 innings of work.
49ERS BREAK SCHOOL RECORD FOR SINGLE SEASON HOME RUNS AND RUNS: The 49ers have hit a combined 49 home runs in 2013, breaking the school record mark of 39, set during the 2005 season. After the Hawai'i series, the 49ers also broke the school record for runs in a season as they have recorded 250 in 2013 (record was 245, set in 2005). This season's team is also on track to break the batting average record of .279, set in 2011. The team is currently hitting .294 with five regular season games remaining. LBSU is also just two RBI shy of the single season record and will look to break the mark of 225 this weekend against UC Davis.
ST. GERMAIN EXTENDS LBSU CAREER HOME RUN RECORD: Nalani St. Germain continues to extend her home run record which stands at 30. This season, she has hit 10 home runs, which is tied for the team lead. She hit a home run in each game of the doubleheader at Hawai'i (4/27) and is also on track to break a few more records this season. The senior needs just two more runs and one RBI to tie the school record in each of those categories. St. Germain is tied for seventh in runs scored (13), tied for eighth in RBI (14) and second in home runs (6) for Big West game this season.
CARRASCO HIT STREAK NOW AT 7 GAMES: Junior Sarah Carrasco currently has a team-leading seven game hitting streak that has been highlighted by a home run in each game of the doubleheader at Hawai'i on Apr. 27, helping the 49ers to defeat their first ranked team of the season. Carrasco has moved into the Big West top 10 in several categories including batting average (7th, .387), slugging percentage (4th, .708) and home runs (7thT, 4). She has hit five home runs this season, while tallying five multi-RBI games.
TAUTALAFUA'S MOVING UP IN RECORD BOOK: Freshman Darian Tautalafua, who has been named the Big West Field Player of the Week twice this season, has now hit 10 home runs this season, which is tied for third all-time in school history. She needs just four more to break the school record of 14, set in 2005 by Lauren Johnson. The freshman is also just three RBI shy of the single season record in that category. In Big West games this season, Tautalafua leads the conference in RBI (18) and walks (17), and also is tied for fourth in home runs (5).
TWO 49ERS ON TRACK TO BREAK CAREER BATTING AVERAGE RECORD: With the 49er offense soaring and just five regular season games remaining, two players are currently hitting above the school record for career batting average - Shayna Kimbrough (.324) and Hannah De Gaetano (.338).If the season ended today, they would hold the top two batting averages in LBSU history. Nalani St. Germain's career average will also rank in the top 10 after the season ends (.284, 10th). Kimbrough and De Gaetano would also be ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, for single season batting average.