49ers Sweep Doubleheader With Pair of Shutout Wins

April 18, 2009

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State (25-17, 6-4) held UC Santa Barbara (21-20, 4-7) scoreless through 14 innings of play on Saturday as the 49ers captured a pair of Big West Conference wins at 49er Softball Complex during a televised doubleheader on ESPNU.

At the bottom of the first inning of the first game, Danielle Linke led off with a triple to center field that was fueled by a wind blowing towards left field.

Ashley Weber singled to left center on the next play, driving Linke home for the first run of the game. The Gauchos retired the next three batters in order to hold the 49ers to just a 1-0 lead.

Amanda Ziegler led off at the top of the second with the first Gaucho base hit of the game, hit to a gap between the third baseman and shortstop. She was then bunted over to second with a sacrifice from Jessica Beristianos. A ground out by Katie McWhirter during the next at-bat allowed Ziegler to reach third with two outs.

Unfortunately for the Gauchos, Brooke Turner posted her first strikeout of the game to end the inning.

At the bottom of the third, Jennifer Griffin reached first on an error by third baseman Amanda Ziegler with two outs. A wild pitch during the ensuing at-bat allowed Griffin to advance to second and a single to left center field by Brandy Reyes drove her home for the unearned run, giving LBSU a 2-0 lead.

Linke's luck continued for Long Beach at the bottom of the fifth when she led off with a solo homer over the left field fence to push the 49ers' advantage to 3-0. Ashley Weber followed with a single and then Griffin doubled to left field, putting a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs.

Krista Cobb came in to pitch for MeLinda Matsumoto and gave up a RBI single to Reyes before retiring the next seven batters she faced in order.

The Gauchos managed just one more hit during the game - a two-out single by Jessica Ziegler at the top of the sixth - as Long Beach State held on for the win. Pitcher Brooke Turner (14-9) captured the win after tossing the complete game two-hitter. She allowed just two walks and struck out three.

Matsumoto took the loss (2-8) after giving up four runs - three earned - on eight hits. She walked none and struck out two. Cobb allowed just one hit and struck out two in her two innings of relief.

In the second game of the twin bill, Long Beach once again struck first when Bridgette Pagano led off the bottom of the second inning with a solo homer over the left field fence to gain a 1-0 advantage.

At the top of the fifth, Brooke Putich walked with one out and then stole second. Christine Ramos then reached on an error by the 49er first baseman, who bobbled the ball that Ramos hit down the right field line. During the play, Putich made the mad dash towards home and would have scored if it had not been for an impressive play at the plate by catcher Brandy Reyes. A ground out during the next play ended the inning with Long Beach still leading, 1-0.

Long Beach pitcher Taylor Petty retired the last six Gauchos in order to carry the 49ers to the victory.

Petty pitched the complete game two-hitter to improve to 11-4 on the season. She walked two and struck out four in the victory.

Cobb (14-7) pitched the complete game for the Gauchos. She allowed just one run on six hits while walking six and striking out two.

Ramos and Jackie Conlin accounted for the Gauchos' two hits in the game.

Long Beach left a total of 11 runners stranded and ended the first three innings with the bases loaded during the second game of the day.

The Gauchos and 49ers will conclude their three-game Big West series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. game at 49er Softball Complex.

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