Fresno St. Softball Drops 2nd Straight In Extras
FRESNO, Calif. - Nalani St. Germain hit a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to lift Long Beach State past the Bulldog softball team 4-1 Sunday in the final game of the Fresno State Kick-Off Tournament at Bulldog Diamond.
The extra-inning loss is the second in a row for the Bulldogs (3-2), after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Sacramento State in nine innings.
"I think being the first weekend, it gives us a lot of things to work on and focus on," head coach Margie Wright said. "You never find those things out until you get in a game situation and now we know and understand. Today we had opportunities, we just didn't execute well in our last two games."
The game was tied at one going into extra innings when the international tiebreak rule came into effect, putting a runner on second base to start the inning. After Bulldog pitcher Michelle Moses recorded two outs and walked one, St. Germain came to the plate and belted the first pitch she saw over the left-field wall to win it for the 49ers (3-2).
Moses drew the loss for the second-straight game, as both times her strong outings in the circle were spoiled. She only gave up five hits on the day, but the Bulldogs as a team only posted four hits of their own and just one run for the third time in five games over the weekend.
Fresno State's lone run Sunday came off of Moses' bat, as she hammered a solo home run to right-center in the fourth. It was her third solo home run of the weekend.
49er center fielder Leilani Tupua-Tautalatasi opened the game with a two-out solo homer to right in the top of the first.
Moses got that run back in the fourth when she took the first pitch of the inning out to right-center for a solo home run.
Long Beach State looked like it would break the tie in the fifth, as designated player Jennifer Madigan put a charge into a pitch. Her long fly looked like it would clear the left-field fence, but Andrea Ortega robbed her of what would have been a two-run homer with a leaping catch at the wall. "It was one of those catches that you just have to make," Ortega said. "It saved us in that inning and helped us with the momentum."
Neither team would score in the final three innings before going into extra frames, where St. Germain ended it with her three-run homer.
Courtesy: Fresno St. Athletics