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
Everything was looking up for the 49ers as they fought for a comeback, with momentum on their side and the crowd chanting in support as the clock slowly ticked down. That is until sophomore lead guard Shanaijah Davison hit the ground at half court, clutching her ankle while clearly in a great deal of pain, leading to a 48-46 loss. The gym was silent until a round of applause broke out as Davison was carried off the court by the training staff, but with a little under two minutes left in the game, Long Beach (7-16, 4-6 Big West) had some ground to make up, trailing UC Irvine (16-5, 6-3 Big West) 46-43. “It’s always tough to see your teammate, your sister go down. These young ladies are very close, they have really strong relationships and great rapport,” said head coach Jeff Cammon. “Shanaijah is a strong kid, she’ll bounce back … They hurt for her, they hurt for this tough loss.” The game was close for the better part of the first three quarters, as neither team could find a rhythm shooting the ball, but the Anteaters started to pull away in the fourth with gritty defense and determination.
Long Beach State softball enters the Stacy Winsberg Invitational this weekend at home where it will take on Fresno State, Oregon State and Boise State in its second week of play. The 49ers kicked off the season last week where they saw three wins against Southern Utah, Seton Hall and Utah Valley. Despite losing two games, each loss was decided by one run against North Dakota and UNLV. “Our team is huge on energy right now,” junior pitcher Devyn Magnett said. “We are really coming together as team, we’re working hard.” Long Beach’s (3-2) first opponent of the weekend, Fresno State, enters the tournament with a 3-2 record, with its two losses coming from No. 2 UCLA and Hawai’i. The Bulldogs’ offensive efforts so far are led by junior designated player Hayleigh Galvan, who collected nine RBIs in the Hawaii Paradise Classic in which they competed in five games. Long Beach is up for a challenge in its second match Saturday, where it will take on No.19 Oregon State, which currently holds a 5-0 record after blowing through all five opponents in the Kajikawa classic. The Beavers’ pitching rotation includes junior Nerissa Eason, sophomore Mariah Mazon and senior Meehra Nelson,
Nevada had been undefeated only a couple days prior, but a rough outing against UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach has put a blemish on the Wolf Pack’s record. Long Beach State (3-0) defeated Nevada (5-2) with a early 4-0 advantage, clinching the game for the 49ers at the Rhodes Tennis Center Saturday. Nevada looked eager to bounce back from its previous loss, but Long Beach was able to take control of the game. It was a shutout that gave Long Beach some newfound confidence after dropping some matches last week. “We were put into this position last week against SDSU and we lost so I feel like we were ready for this,” junior Natalia Munoz said. The 49ers won the doubles point with the duo of Munoz and sophomore Lalita Devarakonda clinching it after a competitive 7-6 set. This was a great development for a doubles team that had been on the receiving end of such a loss just one game ago. Freshmen Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer also contributed to the point, jumpstarting the game with a 6-0 victory. The singles matches was looking tough for the 49ers, with the Wolf Pack leading in four of the six
After coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss at Cal Poly, the Long Beach State women’s basketball team was determined to get back to winning games. The 49ers were off to a hot start Saturday against the Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors, with sophomore forward Naomi Hunt finding her shot early on, canning a career high six-of-nine from behind the three point line and finishing with 20 points and eight rebounds. Hawai’i (9-13, 5-4 Big West) had won five of its last seven games, but the intensity of Long Beach State’s (7-15, 4-5 Big West) lead guards Shanaijah Davison and Justina King were too much to handle as the 49ers won 56-40. Long Beach held Hawai’i to only four points in the first quarter, allowing one field goal. “I think we all had a bad taste in our mouth and a feeling of disappointment after that game,” head coach Jeff Cammon said. “I think it energized us … We just didn’t execute toward the end, but what I told them was we have to learn from this. Let’s use this loss to get better and fuel us for the next game.” Inserting junior forward Aaryon Green into the starting lineup gave the 49ers
Long Beach State women’s tennis team prepares for back-to-back home games Friday against Nevada and the following day against University of San Diego. Both games will take place at 11 a.m. The 49ers have been anticipating playing against the Toreros, with their meeting originally slated to happen Feb. 2, but was rescheduled due to heavy rainfall. Long Beach has had a lot of success recently, with freshman Dominique Myer named Big West Women’s Athlete of the Week for her performance against San Diego State, joining fellow freshman Wiktoria Rutkowska, who previously earned such honors. Long Beach’s first focus is Saturday, as they face an undefeated Nevada team who is also looking to stay undefeated. Despite San Diego (0-1) losing its first game of the regular season, it has shown some levels of success in previous outings, having shared top honors with Long Beach (2-0) in the Beach Invitational. Nevada (5-0) has started the season hot, with three games where it left the other team scoreless, the most impressive being a 7-0 win against Point Loma. Despite having no perfect games, the 49ers still won both of their in-season matchups, the most impressive on Feb. 8 in an away game against
Long Beach State women’s basketball is coming fresh off a hard fought win against Cal State Fullerton Saturday 59-53 behind the heroics of junior forward reserve Aaryon Green. Now the 49ers have their sights set toward making it two in a row against the Mustangs. Cal Poly (4-14, 1-6 Big West) is currently tied for last place with UC Santa Barbara in the conference, which presents a good matchup for Long Beach (6-14, 3-4 Big West). Long Beach is currently tied with Fullerton and can make up some ground in the standings with a win Wednesday at the Walter Pyramid. “Road games are always tough, and I think the most important thing is to rest … it’s just about getting back in the gym and preparing for SLO,” said head coach Jeff Cammon after the win over Fullerton. Cal Poly plays a pretty balanced roster, with multiple players doing damage, but the team is often led by senior forward Devin Stanback and junior forward Hana Vesela. While Cal Poly doesn’t necessarily have one player leading the team on a nightly basis, they do have a lot of upperclassmen leadership, with seven juniors and seniors collectively on the roster. To go
The Long Beach State women’s tennis team travels to the Aztec Tennis Center to face off against undefeated San Diego State Friday. The 2 p.m. match will end with one team earning its first loss of the season. San Diego (3-0) has played all of its games at home, dominating all opponents with a 7-0 advantage. The Aztec’s most recent win came against the UC Riverside Highlanders, which the 49ers beat 5-2 Saturday. With San Diego coming in with its first spotless doubles record in more than 25 years, Long Beach (1-0) will have to focus its efforts on outlasting the Aztecs. The 49ers have room for optimism, with their only singles loss belonging to freshmen Wiktoria Rutkowska and Dominique Meyer, the same pair who went undefeated in the Beach Invitational. In singles, Long Beach will need to keep an eye on San Diego senior Jenny Moinard, who had an overall record of 23-7 last season, going 1-0 against nationally ranked players. Although the 49ers haven’t been as dominant, they have shown the tenacity to pull out wins. During the regular season, the freshmen have shown signs of comfort and success, sporting a 3-2 record in singles and doubles matches