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No. 21 Long Beach State Softball Edged By No. 3 UCLA

The No. 21 Long Beach State softball team led early against No. 3 UCLA on Sunday in front of a huge crowd at LBSU Softball Complex, but the Beach couldn’t hold on in a 6-5 loss to finish the Louisville Slugger Invitational.

LBSU (19-7) got on the board in the first inning when sophomore Taylor Rowland drove in junior Nichole Fry with a single. Sophomore pitcher Cielo Meza (11-2) kept UCLA scoreless for three innings, but the Bruins (24-0) scored five times in the fourth inning to take the lead for good.


Fry finished with three RBIs, and last one came as part of the three-run sixth inning for LBSU. Third baseman LT Torres had the other RBI.

UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia (10-0) left the tying run on base to finish off her complete game. She had seven strikeouts while giving up seven hits and three walks.

LBSU hosts Texas Tech on Wednesday and Monmouth on Thursday. Both games are scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.