Long Beach State softball team can’t hold onto lead against Texas
The team loses three games before tournament this weekend.
March 16, 2017
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After a week of rising temperatures in Southern California, the Long Beach State’s softball team was burned by a 10-run sixth inning in a 10-1 loss against Texas on Wednesday.
A double from catcher Taylor Ellsworth started off the inning for the Longhorns that would remove starting pitcher for the Beach senior Christina Clermont. Texas produced runs the 10 runs off seven hits and a fielding error made by junior left fielder Hannah Cookson. LBSU freshman relief pitcher Devyn Magnett also gave up a walk with the bases loaded and hit a batter.
Head coach Kim Sowder said after the game that “[the team] knows what they’re doing and hopes they can find momentum again.”
The Beach (7-16-1) is now on a six-game losing streak.
The score didn’t tell the story of how the game was scoreless through four innings as a pitchers duel to the start as Clermont battled Texas’ sophomore pitcher Brooke Bolinger. The two pitchers both got strikeouts in the first inning.
LBSU also had a 1-0 lead after senior outfielder Sammi Gyerman got the first hit for the Beach with a single to left field. She was tagged out at second base while attempting to steal.
The Beach was able to get one run back in the bottom of the fifth, when Gyerman scored off a RBI single from junior infielder Lauren Lombardi.
Clermont got into trouble in the top of the third, as she gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases, but the the senior was able to get out of the jam.
The last chance to rally for the 49ers was in the bottom of the sixth — however, they failed to get anything going. The game ended by the run-rule, which is when a softball game may end after five innings if a team scores 10 or more runs.
LBSU will compete in their last tournament of the season this weekend, March 17-19 in Santa Clara, playing five games against Grand Canyon University, Northwestern, Lehigh University and Santa Clara.