Softball earns its second win at home

A rip over the right center fence by Jamie Wren brought in Nichole Fry and ignited the offense for the 49ers, bringing in two runs in the third inning and sealing the win. Long Beach State softball defeated Army 4-2 in front of a small crowd of 184 Wednesday morning. “The last game we played we had to dig deep and find a way to win, so now that we got that win out of the way we can keep digging,” sophomore catcher Justine Briones said. Unlike its second game against Oregon State, Long Beach struggled to put runs on the board right away. In the first inning, Fry dropped a blooper into left field earning a single, followed by sophomore outfielder Naomi Hernandez who successfully ran out the throw from a chop to the shortstop. Wren laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Fry and Hernandez over, but the two were left on base once the inning ended. The second inning saw Army sophomore catcher Ally Snelling and freshman designated player Madi Gilmore on base from singles, but Long Beach junior pitcher Kellie White hit her spots and struck out sophomore infielder Taylor Livingston with a changeup to end Army’s

By | 2019-04-08T11:44:46-07:00 Feb 20, 2019 | 7:37 pm|Categories: Showcase, Softball, Sports, Today, Women's Sports|

Softball earns its first win at home

Fans jumped out of their seats as Nichole Fry hit a walk-off homerun in extra innings on the third day of the Stacy Winsberg Invitational. Long Beach State (4-5) defeated Oregon State (8-2) 6-4 Sunday afternoon after the umpires decided to continue on with play despite the rainy weather. “I felt like I was due because I hadn’t had a base hit yet,” Fry said. “I have to give all the credit to my teammates because they fought hard all game.” Oregon State got a head start at the beginning of the game when senior outfielder Lovie Lopez scored on a bobble from sophomore infielder Alyssa Gonzales. Despite the Beavers’ attempt to shake up the 49ers early on, junior pitcher Ashley Coleman contained Oregon State to one run as they entered the bottom of the first. Long Beach’s first two batters were unable to clear it through the infield and grounded out. The 49ers broke their offense open when senior utility Jamie Wren shot a double to deep left and started the two-out rally. Gonzales made up for her defensive error when her high shot to left field was dropped and allowed Wren to tag up and touch home. The

By | 2019-04-08T15:47:48-07:00 Feb 17, 2019 | 5:09 pm|Categories: Showcase, Softball, Sports, Today, Women's Sports|

Long Beach State softball runs out of daylight

Long Beach State fans were disappointed Saturday evening when the sun set, ending the game earlier than expected. Long Beach (3-5) fell to Boise State (5-2) 4-3 after the game was called in top of the seventh inning. The matchup had a two-hour late start Saturday evening due to the previous game between Boise State and Loyola Marymount going into extra innings. “Everything happens for a reason,” senior infielder Nichole Fry said. “I just think our team’s in a funk right now but we’ll figure out how we’re gonna get through.” Long Beach had an early lead when sophomore outfielder Naomi Hernandez blasted an RBI double, scoring Fry in the first inning. Fry, who returned to the field after suffering an ankle sprain during last week’s contests in Las Vegas, led off the lineup and got on base after getting beaned. She stole two bases on a pass ball and was brought in with a double by Hernandez. Hernandez touched the plate when sophomore infielder Alyssa Gonzales drove a line drive double to left field. Junior infielder Taylor Rowland hit the third double in a row and traded places with Gonzales to bring the score to 3-0. The Broncos responded

By | 2019-04-09T13:12:23-07:00 Feb 16, 2019 | 10:12 pm|Categories: Softball, Sports, Women's Sports|Tags: |

Long Beach falls short in double header

Senior infielder Tierra Falo stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and shot a low ball up the middle to bring in two runs and tie the game, but it wasn’t enough to earn the win after seven innings of play. Long Beach State (3-4) lost to Fresno State 6-3 in the first home game of the Stacy Winsberg Invitational Friday. Fresno State drew first blood in the first inning when junior infielder Miranda Rohleder bolted home and slid past the catcher on a bunt by freshman outfielder McKenzie Wilson. The Bulldogs earned their second run in the third when Vanessa Hernandez drove in Hayleigh Galvan with a single. The game saw multiple injuries early on, causing Long Beach to make last minute lineup adjustments. Sophomore infielder Katelyn Hanson limped off of the field in the first inning after colliding with a base runner at third base. In the second inning, freshman infielder Emily Salazar suffered a rolled ankle on offense after leading off of first base. Despite the slow start on the offensive end, junior pitcher Ashley Coleman threw off many Bulldog batters with her changeup by drawing strikeouts and dinky grounders. She was replaced in the fourth

By | 2019-04-09T13:13:28-07:00 Feb 16, 2019 | 5:10 pm|Categories: Showcase, Softball, Sports, Today, Women's Sports|Tags: , |
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