April 26, 2014

Big Innings Lift Long Beach State Past CSUN Softball

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge softball team (29-21, 6-8 Big West) lost 8-3 and 8-0 in six innings to Long Beach State Saturday in a Big West Conference doubleheader at Matador Diamond. CSUN struck first in the opening game on extra-base hits from Madalyne Handy and Abby Linn, but the 49ers scored five in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie. In the second game, the 49ers built off that momentum and scored a run-rule victory to clinch the series.

Game One Recap

The Matadors jumped ahead 3-0 to start the game, but Long Beach State collected on a pair of big innings to finish with an 8-3 victory.

Linn led off the game with a single and moved to second on Handy's first double of the season. Taylor Gloverrecorded her team-leading 44th RBI of the season on a sac fly to score Linn. Madison Flemingthen bunted home Handy to give CSUN an early 2-0 lead.

Ariana Wassmer led off the bottom of the second with a double and took third on the play due to a Long Beach error. With two outs, Linn drove her home with her career-high third triple of the season. That increased the lead to 3-0 in favor of CSUN and Linn tied a career high with three hits in the game.

Unfortunately, the Matadors' defense struggled in the third to the tune of two errors and Long Beach State was able to tie the game at 3-3.

Brianna Elder (20-9) did her best to keep the game tied and that is how it stood until the top of the seventh. However, two of the first three 49ers homered and Long Beach State eventually pushed five runs across the plate in the inning.

In taking the loss, Elder allowed seven hits and had four strikeouts. Amanda Hansen tossed two innings of relief to earn the win for LBSU.

Game Two Recap

Long Beach State hit three home runs, two off the bat of Darian Tautalafua, to complete the Saturday sweep of the Matadors.

Tautalafua finished with three home runs on the day and her three-run blast in the top of the sixth put the run-rule into effect. She had four RBIs in game two. The 49ers scored a run in the fourth, fifth and six in the sixth.

Offensively, CSUN managed three hits off Hansen. Kaitlin Toerner, Katie Hooperand Linn all picked up singles, but all were stranded on base. Wassmer and Handy each had sacrifice bunts for CSUN.

In the circle, Crystal Maas (1-1) took the loss. She allowed two earned runs over 5.1 innings. Jordan Sauceda and Daphne Pofek also saw time in the circle.

The Matadors will look to salvage the series Sunday when the teams meet for a single game at noon.

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