No. 25 San Diego State Gets By No. 18 UW in Twelve Innings
March 21, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. - Twenty-fifth ranked San Diego State scored four runs in the top of the 12th inning to knock off No. 18 Washington, 9-5, at the Judi Garman Classic on Thursday night, in a game that lasted three hours and twenty-three minutes. The loss snapped the Huskies nine-game winning streak and dropped them to 19-7-1.
The teams were tied at 4-4 after seven innings before each team scored a single run in the 10th inning. The Aztecs broke through in the top of the 12th inning, though, scoring four runs on two hits and taking advantage of one Husky error.
The 12-inning contested is the Huskies longest game since they defeated UCLA, 3-2, in 12 innings back on April 26, 2006. It also tied for the longest contest in the history of the Judi Garman Classic, which dates back to 1981, matching a 12-inning game that saw Cal State Fullerton defeat Missouri, 3-2.
San Diego State (25-9) struck first, scoring four runs in the fourth inning, before the UW cut the lead to 4-1 on an RBI-groundout by Alyson McWherter in the bottom half of the inning.
The Huskies tied things up in the bottom of the fifth inning on a three-run home run to left field by Morgan Stuart, who was playing in front of a large contingent of family that live in nearby Riverside.
Things remained tied at 4-4 until the 10th inning when SDSU scored one run off of a Husky error. Washington answered in the bottom of the inning when Dani Stuart singled to centerfield with one out to score Alicia Blake from second. Blake paused momentarily between second and third on the hit, but Aztec centerfielder Tonye McCorkle misplayed Stuart's hit, which allowed Blake to score easily.
Caitlin Noble (11-4) took the loss after coming on in relief in the fourth inning. She pitched eight and one-third innings, striking out six and giving up five hits, five runs - two of which were earned - and three walks.
Christina Ross (14-8) went the distance for San Diego State, giving up 10 hits, four earned runs and seven walks, while striking out 12.
The Huskies continue play in the Judi Garman Classic with a pair of games tomorrow. First up is a 3:30 p.m. contest against Florida State, which defeated No. 1 Arizona State today, 3-2, followed by an 8:00 p.m. game against No. 23 Long Beach State.