April 15, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Long Beach State's Brianna Goad went 2-for-2 with an RBI and played a pivotal role in the 49ers' game-winning run as they defeated visiting Cal State Fullerton, 5-1, in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at the 49er Softball Complex in Long Beach, Calif.
The loss was the second straight for the Titans as they fell to 25-17 overall and 7-2 in the Big West Conference. Fullerton lost a conference series for the first time since 2005 - a streak of 10 straight series.
Long Beach State improved to 20-21 overall, 4-5 in league play.
The advantage would last until the fourth inning when the 49ers would strike for three runs to take the lead for good.
Jessica Beaver led off with a walk and moved to second when Panita Thanatharn followed with a walk of her own.
After two quick outs, Goad came to the plate and sent a 2-2 offering into centerfield, scoring Beaver from second to tie the game.
With runners on second and third, a pitch got by the Titan catcher and went to the backstop, but not far enough for Thanatharn to come home. However, Fullerton threw down to second to try and catch Goad straying too far from the bag, but the Long Beach State centerfielder held up the play long enough for Thanatharn to beat the return throw home with the go-ahead run.
Franciska Morlet then followed with a walk to put runners on the corners for Whitney Radcliff, who singled to left to bring Goad home for the 3-1 advantage.
That was all the 49ers and Bridgette Pagano (13-9) would need as the freshman allowed just four hits over the final three innings to sew up the series win.
Long Beach State would add single runs in the fifth on a home run by Lacy Tyler and the sixth on an RBI single by Beaver to cap the scoring.
Candice Baker (15-9), who finished 2-for-2 at the plate, suffered the loss for the Titans, allowing four runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. Brooke Weekley finished the game, allowing a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Fullerton left nine runners on base in the game, including four in scoring position, and 23 runners on base for the three-game series.
The Titans return home for a three-game series this weekend at Anderson Family Field as Fullerton welcomes Pacific to Orange County. The series opens with a doubleheader on Saturday (April 21) and closes with a single-game on Sunday (April 22). First pitch for both days is scheduled for 12 p.m.