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Friday, June 2, 2006
College of Charleston outlasts Irish in 16 innings

Associated Press

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 1988.

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 elimination game.

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.