The Gauchos have recorded only one win in Big West conference play.
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
After its NCAA tournament run in 2018, the Long Beach State softball team has a couple things missing entering this season: 10 seniors and a star pitcher. With an overall record of 43-14, the 49ers found themselves in the first round of the NCAA tournament with the help of sophomore starting pitcher Cielo Meza, who earned 219 strikeouts, maintained a 1.46 ERA and was selected for the All-Big West and NFCA All-Region teams in the 2018 season. A big piece of the team’s success is gone now, but head coach Kim Sowder is confident with her pitching staff. She plans on heavily utilizing junior pitcher Devyn Magnett, who had 10 wins last season with a 3.08 ERA. In addition to Magnett, juniors Kellie White and Ashley Coleman who transferred from Utah State and Cal Baptist respectively, will play big roles from the start of the season. A challenge heading into the year for Sowder was rebuilding almost half of the roster, a tedious task for a coach who is coming off a postseason run. While the team didn’t necessarily get younger, it lacks the chemistry and experience that made last year’s team special. In order for the 49ers to get
The end of the road has come for the Long Beach State softball team, and despite its disappointing playoff run, it’s been a thrilling season that will go down in history. During the regular season and conference play, Long Beach recorded 43 wins and 14 losses, making it the only Cal State softball team to be ranked nationally in Division 1 at No. 20. In the Big West Conference, the 49ers were one of the most prolific teams throughout the whole season, with at least one player holding a top five spot in almost every statistical leader category. Freshman outfielder Naomi Hernandez led the conference with a .387 batting average and sophomore designated player Taylor Rowland led with 58 RBIs. Pitcher Cielo Meza, who played her first full season for Long Beach following a shoulder injury, shined with a leading 1.46 ERA — 22 wins and 219 strikeouts. Meza’s drive and devotion to winning and improving her skills any way possible was one of the most thrilling aspects of her play. It translated into powerful performances on the mound that showcased character and love for the game. Even as the team continued to dominate nearly all of its opponents, it
After coming back from the brink of elimination earlier in the day, a missed catch by Julia Lombardi against Ole Miss cost the 49ers a chance at extending their post season. It was a rollercoaster of emotions for Long Beach State softball (43-14) Saturday at the second day of the Tempe Regional. It began with the 49ers avoiding elimination by defeating New Mexico State 8-0 (29-24), but ended another defeat at the hands of Ole Miss (32-24) 1-0. Senior pitcher Jessica Flores took to the mound for Long Beach Saturday in both games, allowing only four hits and no runs against New Mexico State, while allowing three hits, three walks and one run to Ole Miss. Flores would be supported by a powerful offense in the opening game, during which the 49ers rounded up a dominant eight runs in the first inning. Junior shortstop Nichole Fry capitalized on a three-base error after the New Mexico State pitcher overthrew the ball all the way to the outfield fence. The 49ers would earn its first run as freshman center fielder Naomi Hernandez singled to left field to bring Fry in, followed by two singles and a walk to load the bases
Long Beach State was put on the map this year as this semester alone gained athletics nationwide recognition and broke records for the 49ers. The Daily 49er went through each spring team to find the five most impressive standouts to don the black and gold this past semester. Gabe Levin, Men’s Basketball The senior power forward finished his tenure at Long Beach State averaging 18.4 points and 7.2 rebounds, a career high. Levin made the First Team All-Big West and was chosen out of ten athletes to represent the west coast in the Reese’s College All-Star game. He ends his career as the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in just three years. Levin set the single-season record for free throws made with 180 this season, and tied Ed Ratleff's 1970 school record for most points in a game, scoring 45 against UC Davis. Cielo Meza, Softball Meza had a breakout season, earning Big West Pitcher of the Year after she lead the conference in all major pitching categories. The sophomore finished the regular season with 22 wins, 217 strikeouts and a 1.48 ERA. Meza dominated from the mound,