Softball Falls 2-1 In 16-Inning Marathon At UC Santa Barbara
May 2, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Utah State pitcher Jessica Garnett held a no-hitter through six innings and the Aggies got on the board first, but UC Santa Barbara outlasted the Aggies 2-1 in a 16 inning Big West Conference softball marathon here Sunday. UCSB freshman Brittany Putich's RBI single in the bottom of the 16th inning gave the Gauchos the win.
The game went scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when USU's Michell Vlahos was plated on a Lauren Guzman bloop single that landed just inside the first baseline in shallow right field to give Utah State its only run of the game.
With a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, USU looked to be in control as Garnett held a no-hitter, until UCSB's Heather Nobbe opened up with a leadoff single to center field. After the hit, Garnett was replaced by Leslie Higley, she finished with three strikeouts, three walks and one hit allowed.
With the Gauchos down to their final out and with Nobbe now on third, freshman Blair Robbins hit a high fly ball to deep left field that Vlahos, the Aggies left fielder, could not handle and it allowed Nobbe to score the game-tying run.
Now in extra-innings, the game remained knotted at 1-1 until the Gauchos broke through in the bottom of the 16th, ending the marathon game. With two outs and runners on first and second, UCSB's Putich laced a ground ball into left field. Running from second, freshman Kendra Sigley beat the throw home to give USCB the win, one out short of playing a complete 16 innings.
Sunday's game marks USU's longest game since a 20 inning loss to Hawai'i in 1991 that ended with the same 2-1 score.
Reliever Leslie Higley (5-19) was credited with the loss for the Aggies, throwing the final 9 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and one run while striking out one.
The Aggies finished the game with eight hits, while stranding 10. Casey Smith and Candice Hatch recorded multiple hits in the game with three and two, respectively.
USU has now lost 16 straight games and fell to 3-12 in the Big West and 7-38 overall. UCSB improved to 28-26 overall and 10-4 in league play.
USU will next play BYU in a doubleheader on May 4. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT)