Feb. 6, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - No.20 Long Beach State scored five times in the top of the seventh inning on Sunday to break a 2-2 tie on its way to a 7-2 softball victory over UC Davis on the final day of the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State.
UC Davis, which finished 2-3 in the weekend tournament, is 2-5 after losing to the nationally ranked 49ers for the second time in the event. Long Beach State is 4-1. Lindsay Tognetti had two hits, including a double and knocked in both Aggie runs. Marcel Torres and Brooke Lesage each had a pair of hits for the 49ers.
Rachel Kelly, who tossed a complete-game win on Saturday against UC Riverside, went 4.1 innings for UC Davis before being relieved by Hancock who gave way to Tognetti at the start of the seventh before returning with one out.
The game was tied 2-2 after Tognetti doubled to center with two outs in the sixth to score Kristin Herrera. Tognetti started the seventh in the pitching circle, but a one-out double by Lesage and back-to-back run-scoring singles by Tiffanie Weddell and Lauren Johnson gave the 49ers a 4-2 lead. Hancock returned but Long Beach State added to its lead with a two-run double by Melanie McCauley and an RBI single by Marcel Torres.
Meredith Crvenka pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win.
UC Davis took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after rallying with two out. Third baseman Nikki Sheldon doubled to right-center and Tognetti followed with a single that brought around Sheldon. Lesage tripled in the fifth and scored after an error on the play which also plated Franciska Morlet and Long Beach State had a 2-1 lead it held until the Aggies tied it in the sixth. Tognetti took the loss.
Stacey Benzing had a double in the Aggies' four-hit output. The 49ers finished with eight hits.
UC Davis will travel to face Sacramento State in a twinbill on Wednesday beginning at 1 p.m.