Softball team takes four wins in San Diego Classic II

Oscar Terrones, Staff Writer

The Long Beach State softball team continued its excellent play by winning four out of five in the San Diego Classic II.

The 49ers (20-7) have now won 13 out of their last 15 games, and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. The offense, led by Ashley Holmes and Shayna Kimbrough, has five players with a batting average of .340 or better.

The 49ers scored 24 runs over the weekend, their lone loss coming against host team San Diego State (19-8). The 5-0 loss marked the fifth time they were shutout this season. Both of their losses over the last 15 games have been shutouts.

The two starters, Erin-Jones Wesley and Amanda Hansen, have given the team a chance to win nearly every game. Hansen threw two complete games against UT Arlington (14-15) and Harvard (7-6). Jones-Wesley complemented Hansen’s performance with a complete game of her own, a 4-1 win against Texas Tech (22-6).

The tournament gave head coach Kim Sowder an opportunity to see how some of her lesser used pitchers perform. Arianna Erceg, Sydney Shipley and Selene Pola all saw limited action over the weekend.

With emergency/ No. 3 starter Christian Carbajal working her way back from a hip injury, it was important for Sowder to have an idea of how good her pitching depth is behind her top two starters.

The 49ers will come back to Long Beach to practice before returning to San Diego for the San Diego Tournament, where they’ll face both the University of San Diego and San Jose State twice.