Friday, June 2, 2006
College of Charleston outlasts Irish in 16 innings
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Ben Lasater's RBI double in the bottom of
the 16th inning gave College of Charleston a 5-4 victory over Notre
Dame on Friday in a game that matched the second-longest game in
NCAA tournament history.
Lasater hit Kyle Weiland's pitch off the wall in the left-field
corner, scoring pinch-runner Oliver Marmol.
It was the longest tournament game since South Alabama beat
Clemson 2-1 in 16 innings in 1998. Clemson also was involved in the
longest tournament game, a 3-2, 19-inning victory over Florida in
College of Charleston (44-15) will play the Ball State-Kentucky
winner Saturday, and Notre Dame (45-16-1) will face the loser in an
Jeff Beliveau (6-3) allowed four hits and three walks in five
innings for the victory, and Kyle Weiland (2-4) was the loser
despite seven dominant relief innings in which he struck out seven
and allowed only four hits.
Notre Dame's Jeff Sammardzija, who doubles as a receiver on the
school's football team, cruised through the first five innings. But
in the sixth, he gave up a three-run homer to Alex Garabedian that
tied it at 4. Sammardzija allowed seven hits in eight innings,
striking out three and walking two.