UMass Outlasts Fordham 2-1 In 17 Inning Marathon
May 4, 2012
BRONX, N.Y. - Kyllie Magill tied her career-high with three hits and scored on Teea Rogers' sacrifice in the 17th inning as Massachusetts defeated Fordham 2-1 in the longest game in both team's histories at Bahoshy Field on Friday.
Magill led off the 17th with a double to right center and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Sara Plourde. Following a hit batter, Rogers then laid down a sacrifice bunt that allowed Magill to score the game-winning run.
UMass (32-11, 16-0 Atlantic 10) finished with seven hits and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Rams. It was the Minutewomen's 16th-conseciutive win.
The game lived up to the pregame hype surrounding the pitching matchup of Plourde and Jen Mineau - the nation's top two strikeout leaders this season. Both players went the distance and combined to strikeout 37 batters - the sixth-most by a starting pitching duo in NCAA Division I history.
Plourde (31-9) struck out 18 and allowed six hits on a career-high 251 pitches. Mineau (24-12) fanned 19 while scattering seven hits. Both pitchers walked four batters.
UMass got on the board in the second when Magill took the first pitch she saw and tucked her third home run inside the foul pole down the right field line.
Things stood that way until the bottom of the seventh when Gabby Luety led off the inning with a solo shot over the 15-foot wall in left to force the extra frames.
Neither team was able to mount much offense until the 14th inning. Fordham stranded runners at third in the 14th and 15th before loading the bases in the 16th. But the Minutewomen got a pair of outstanding defensive plays from centerfielder Christine Della Vecchia. The junior took away a would-be homer with one out and then made a diving catch to end the inning.
That came after the Minutewomen loaded the bases in the top of the 16th before failing to score.
Fordham (30-21, 14-3) got two hits apiece from Luety and Jamie LaBovick.
The teams will play the final game of their series at Noon on Saturday.
Game Notes: The game was the longest in UMass history in terms of innings, going longer than the 15-inning game with Washington in the title game of the 2009 NCAA Amherst Regional ... the 5:00 time of game was second to the UMass-Washington game which lasted 5:13.