April 6, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
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A lead-off home run was all No. 14 Long Beach State needed, as the 49ers defeated the Cal State Northridge softball team (14-18, 3-3 BWC), 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Matador Diamond. Senior Mercedes Lovato pitched admirably in the defeat, working herself out of several jams to finish while scattering seven hits.
With the loss, Lovato falls to 12-11 on the season with a 2.94 ERA and 110 strikeouts. After limiting Long Beach St. to just a .205 batting average for the weekend, Lovato has allowed opponents to hit just .238 against her for the season.
At the plate, Northridge managed four hits on the game. Sophomore Lauren Olivas finished 1-for-3 from the plate on Sunday and hit .571 for the weekend after finishing 4-for-7 from the plate.
Long Beach scored the only run of the game when Jessica Beaver hit a lead-off homerun on a 3-2 pitch from Lovato. Long Beach State managed six other hits during the game and put a runner on third with less than two outs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth inning. However, Lovato escaped all four frames without surrendering another run.
CSUN's best opportunity might have come in the sixth inning when sophomore Alexandria Alvarado drove a one-out double over the right fielder's head. Long Beach then issued a free pass to junior Amanda Peek. However, sophomore Jaclyn Rymer fouled out to left and junior Micah Putnam flied out to center to end the rally.
The Matadors continue their six-game homestand next weekend, welcoming the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara for a Big West series. On April 12, the two teams will face each other in a doubleheader starting at noon and follow that up with a single game, also starting at noon, on April 13. All three games will be played at Matador Diamond.