March 6, 2014
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Fresno State softball team (10-6) fell in its Judi Garman Classic opener to Long Beach State (13-6) Thursday night by an 8-0 score in six innings.
During the game, the `Dogs advanced four runners via bases on balls, and another pair via a fifth-inning singles, but unfortunately couldn't capitalize in the runs column.
Overall for the game, sophomore shortstop Whitney Smith collected the team's first hit of the game with her bloop single in the fifth inning to shallow left field that glanced off the shortstop's glove in a running attempt. Two batters later, senior left fielder Kapri Angotti also singled on a two-out grounder to shortstop.
However, an unassisted ground-out to third base ended the inning.
Among other team notes, freshman Liza Liddell made her first collegiate start at second base. The La Verne, Calif., native played in lieu or sophomore Whitney Smith who got her first collegiate start at shortstop with the absence of senior Brooke Ortiz.
The 49ers scored their first run in the second inning after a single and RBI double to right field. LBSU added another run in the fourth inning on a solo homer by Ashlynn Booker to left field.
Long Beach State scored five more runs in the fifth after a pair of singles and hit by pitch loaded the bases with no outs, followed by a two-run single by Karli Sandoval and another three-run homer by Booker.
In the first three innings for the `Dogs, sophomore Hannah Harris (3-1) struck out two, walked one, and allowed four hits and one earned run. Sophomore Taylor Langdon pitched the final 2.2 innings, logged four strikeouts, two walks, and allowed six hits and seven earned runs.
In her third shutout of the year, LBSU starter Erin Jones-Wesley (7-3) struck out eight and walked four.
Thanks to her two homers, Booker led the 49ers offensively with a 3-for-3 night and 5 RBI. Two other LBSU players ended with multiple hits - Cya Neal (2-for-4) and Karli Sandoval (2-for-3, 3 RBI).
Looking ahead, the `Dogs will play at Cal State Fullerton (14-7) Friday night at 8 p.m., then face Houston on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and No. 14 Nebraska and No. 6 Washington on Sunday at 9 and 11:30 a.m., respectively.
On Thursday night, the Titans topped returning NCAA Tournament qualifier San Jose State by a 5-2 count.
Long Beach State 8, Fresno State 0 (Mar 06, 2014 at Fullerton, Calif.)
Fresno State........ 000 000 - 0 2 0 (10-6)
Long Beach State.... 010 151 - 8 10 0 (13-6)
Pitchers: Fresno State - Harris, Hannah; LANGDON, Taylor(4) and Gumz, Paige. Long Beach State - Jones-Wesley and Sandoval. Win-Jones-Wesley(7-3) Loss-HARRIS, Hannah(3-1) T-1:44 A-300. HR LBSU - Booker 2. Weather: 63, partly cloudy, wind 0-3mph.
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