May 9, 2013
On Saturday, the LBSU softball team (35-20, 17-7 Big West) will host Fresno State (30-22) in the final home games for not only the 2013 team, but four seniors - Dana Garcia, Nalani St. Germain, Emily Gregorio and Bree Stephan.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitched slated for 1:00 pm at the 49er Softball Complex.
The four seniors will be honored before the game as the 49ers wrap up the regular season. LongBeachState.com met with the seniors this week to reminisce about their favorite memories as a 49er. To watch the video, click here.
The 49ers faced Fresno State earlier this season at the San Diego State Classic I with LBSU coming out victorious in a run-rule game (5 innings). Erin Jones-Wesley threw her third career no-hitter and Long Beach won 8-0.
LAST TIME OUT: The 49ers swept UC Davis in their final Big West action of the season, assuring them at the very least second-place in the conference. Darian Tautalafua broke the single season RBI record in game two of the series (44), hitting two home runs and four RBI en route to LBSU's 6-1 victory. The sweep was just the second time this season that Long Beach has won all three games against a conference opponent.
49ERS STILL IN CONFERENCE TITLE HUNT: Long Beach State has concluded its Big West season, but is still in the hunt for a share of the conference crown as Hawai'i still needs to face Pacific in a three-game series. If Pacific can sweep Hawai'i, the 49ers will tie the Rainbow Wahine for the Big West title. If Hawai'i wins just one game at Pacific, they will win the title.
49ERS SURPASS 2012 WIN TOTAL: With just two regular season games remaining, the 49ers have already surpassed their 2012 win total (29) with 35 victories. Head Coach Kim Sowder ends the 2012 Big West season one win shy of tallying her 100th career Big West victory. LBSU is guaranteed no worse than second-place, marking the fourth time in Sowder's seven season as head coach that the 49ers have finished second or better.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW: The NCAA selection show will be televised live on ESPNU at 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 12. The 49ers have an RPI of 58 heading into the weekend doubleheader with Fresno State and are not guaranteed a spot in the NCAA field unless they win the Big West title.
JONES-WESLEY WINS 2ND-CONSECUTIVE BIG WEST WEELY HONOR: For the second week and third time in five weeks, Erin Jones-Wesley has been named Big West Pitcher of the Week after another solid outing in conference play. The junior tallied two complete game shutouts, including eight innings of work in the final game versus UC Davis. She had a no-hitter through the top of the fourth in game one of the series and struck out six batters in both games she pitched.
49ERS BREAK SCHOOL RECORDS FOR SINGLE SEASON HOME RUNS, RUNS AND RBI: The 49ers have hit a combined 51 home runs in 2013, breaking the school record mark of 39, set during the 2005 season. The 2013 team has also set new school records for runs in a season, scoring 259 (previous record was 245, set in 2005), as well as RBI, bringing in 230 (previous record, 225). This season's team is also on track to break the batting average record of .279, set in 2011 as it is currently hitting .290 with two regular season games remaining.
ST. GERMAIN EXTENDS LBSU CAREER HOME RUN RECORD: Nalani St. Germain has extended her home run record to 30, hitting 10 bombs 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 ninth in runs scored (13), tied for eighth in RBI (15) and tied for fifth in home runs (6) for Big West game this season.
TAUTALAFUA BREAKS SINGLE SEASON RBI RECORD: Freshman Darian Tautalafua, who has been named the Big West Field Player of the Week twice this season, broke the LBSU single season RBI record during the UC Davis series, notching her 44th RBI with a two homer performance in game two. She broke the previous record of 42, set in 2005 by Lauren Johnson. She also hit two home runs in a game for the third time this season, which ties a school record as well. The frosh ranks first in BIg West games for RBI (22) and walks (22) and is tied for second in home runs (7). Tautalafua is also just two home runs shy of the single season record of 14, also set by Johnson in 2005.
TWO 49ERS ON TRACK TO BREAK CAREER BATTING AVERAGE RECORD: With the 49er offense soaring and just two regular season games remaining, two players are currently hitting above the school record for career batting average - Hannah De Gaetano (.336) and Shayna Kimbrough (.326).If the season ended today, they would hold the top two batting averages in LBSU history. Kimbrough and De Gaetano would also be ranked No. 2 (Kimbrough) and No. 3 (De Gaetano) for single season batting average.
KIMBROUGH'S HIT STREAK AT 7 GAMES: Starting short stop Shayna Kimbrough has been an integral part of LBSU's recent wins and is currently riding a team-leading seven game hitting streak. She has moved up to No. 4 all-time in single season history for hits (73) and is just four shy of the school record mark of 77. The sophomore has now tallied 13 stolen bases this season, which is fifth all-time at LBSU. Hitting a team-leading .407 in Big West play, Kimbrough ranks fourth in the conference. She's first in hits (33) and tied for first in sacrifice flies with two.
JONES-WESLEY EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 6 GAMES: Junior Erin Jones-Wesley has won six straight games and now ranks second in the Big West with nine conference wins. Her ERA of 2.09 ranks seventh, while she is fourth with 50 batters struck out. This year, the junior has earned three Big West Pitcher of the Week accolades.
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