May 4, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Early offense in the opening game of Saturday's Big West Conference doubleheader at the 49er Softball Complex, and a late scoring spree in the second helped Long Beach defeat UC Davis by respective scores of 2-0 and 6-1.
With the day's results, UC Davis is now 22-26 overall with an 8-12 Big West record while Long Beach State enters its final conference game of the season Sunday afternoon with 34-20 and 16-7 records.
In the first game of the day, UC Davis was edged 2-0 in a pitchers' duel between Aggie starter Justine Vela and her 49er counterpart in Erin Jones-Wesley.
After Long Beach State scored twice in the first inning, each pitcher took turns posting zeros on the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
Both starters allowed only five hits combined, with Long Beach State holding onto that early two-run lead to take Gm. 1 by that exact score.
In Gm. 2 it was UC Davis that scored first as its aggressive baserunning forced Long Beach to commit two first-inning errors shortly after the game started.
Reaching base on an error by 49er first baseman Ashley Holmes, Jasmine Lee stole second to place herself into scoring position with only one out in the top of the first inning.
After Kelly Schulze earned her 18th hit-by-pitch of the season, a Big West high, Christa Castello reached base on an error committed by second baseman Nalani St. Germain, her team's second miscue within a four-batter timespan. Advancing to third on the play was Schulze; entering the Aggies' dugout after touching home plate was Lee.
UC Davis held onto its one-run advantage until the bottom of the fourth when Long Beach pushed one across the plate to even the score.
But it was a five-run 49er fifth that helped the home squad complete its sweep of the day's action as Long Beach exited that frame with a 6-1 lead that ultimately served as the second game's final score.
In addition to Kayla Tyler, who picked up two hits throughout the day, Castello also earned two hits in Gm. 2 and picked-up her team-high 14th stolen base of the season.
Including Lee's second stolen base of the year, also earned in Gm. 2, UC Davis pushed its program-high stolen base total to 63 with four games remaining on its schedule.
The series finale will take place on Sunday, May 5, in a 1 p.m. conference contest at the 49er Softball Complex that will also double as Long Beach's Breast Cancer Awareness game. Fans who arrive to the diamond wearing pink will receive admission for three dollars. A link for live stats is available at ucdavisaggies.com.