Softball Closes Season With Road Trip To Hawai'i
Long Beach State can finish as high as second in the Big West standings.
Long Beach, Calif. -
• Long Beach State closes out season with one more series on the road, traveling to Hawai’i for three games. The series starts with a single game on Thursday, and then finishes with a doubleheader on Friday night.
• Sophomore Nichole Fry has been the key hitter for Long Beach State. The shortstop has started 48 games and is hitting .273 while leading the team with a .420 slugging percentage and reaching at a .379 rate. Fry leads the team in doubles, triples, and HBP while walking 17 times, and has scored a team high 24 runs this season.
• Cielo Meza’s return to the circle has been a big part of Long Beach State’s conference turnaround. Starting with her return on March 28, Meza went 24.1 innings before allowing a run, and in 2017 has struck out 44 batters while posting a 5-3 record with a 1.24 ERA, which ranks 20th in the nation. Meza struck out 85 batters in 67.2 innings pitched before missing the second half of the 2016 season with injury, and her recovery stretched through the first 30 games of 2017.
• Long Beach State has gotten an lift from Iowa transfer Sammi Gyerman. The senior graduate transfer has played in all 49 games for Long Beach State, starting 48 and is hitting .305, best on the team. On the year, Gyerman leads the Beach in hits with 47 and is also tops on the basepaths with six stolen bases.
• Christina Clermont finishes her third season with Long Beach State after earning first-team All-Big West honors in each of her first two seasons at LBSU. The 2015 Big West Co-Pitcher of the Year, Clermont went 23-12 one season ago and struck out 205 batters in 230.1 innings pitched. In 2017, Clermont leads the team with 138.0 innings pitched, and has a 9-11 record with a 3.04 ERA and one save.
• Clermont is within striking distance of a number of career records as Long Beach State. The senior now ranks fourth place in career strikeouts at LBSU, and she now has 52 wins which ranks 9th in school history.
WHAT’S THE SCORE
• All games played at the LBSU Softball Complex can be followed through StatBroadcast at www.beachlivestats.com. Long Beach State will also have live radio at selected broadcasts through KBEACH.org. Live stats for this weekend’s series can also be found at www.beachlivestats.com.
• Rachel Loera has been a great surprise for Long Beach State this season. The junior had just 19 at-bats entering the season, but is now third on the team with a .283 batting average, having scored eight runs and hitting two triples in 19 starts on the year.
• What began as a quick start is turning into a tremendous season for Hannah Cookson. The junior cooled off after fast starts in her first two seasons at the Beach, but has been one of the best hitters on the team in 2017. Her .299 batting average is second on the team, and her slugging percentage of .382 is third.
• Jessica Flores has lived up to her ultilty designation on the year, and has been one of the top players on the team through Big West play. Flores is the top hitter in league competition, hitting .324 with 11 walks and three stolen bases, and also has a 1.19 ERA in 17.2 innings pitched, striking out 12 in the circle.
• Freshman Devyn Magnett has also been an important part of the pitching staff in 2017. Making three early relief appearances before making her first start against Utah, Magnett combined in a no-hitter on opening day with Clermont, and has now pitched 72.2 innings this year. She has made eight starts, and has posted a 4-6 record with a 4.43 ERA.
• Freshman Aniesa Maulupe has delivered at the plate in 2017, and is tied for the team lead with 17 RBI on the year. Walking nine times, Maulupe has driven in multiple RBI a team high four times this season, including four in Long Beach State’s win over Oregon State.
• Junior LT Torres has all but two games for the Beach over the last three seasons at second base, and is hitting .228 this season, but reaching at a .309 rate. Another junior, Lauren MacLeod, has stepped up in the absence of Lauren Lombardi, starting 44 games behind the plate and hitting .207 on the year. MacLeod had a great weekend in Santa Clara, hitting .462 including a grand slam against Grand Canyon, and now leads the team in walks with 16 this season.
• Julia Lombardi recently had an 11-game hitting streak, the longest of the year for the Beach. After a slow start, her batting average is now .238, and her eight doubles and 17 RBI are both among the team leaders.
• Both Lombardi sisters are climbing the power ranks at Long Beach State. Having each played two seasons, Lauren ranks seventh all-time with 17 home runs in her career, while Julia Lombardi joined the top 10 with a home run against UC Davis. Additionally, Lauren ranks 10th in LBSU history with 82 RBI in her career.
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