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April 28, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - In what was the longest game in University of Georgia softball history, the 12th-ranked Bulldogs took down No. 23 LSU 1-0 in 15 innings. Georgia improved to 37-12 overall and 14-9 in the Southeastern Conference. LSU dropped to 33-17 and 14-9 in SEC play.
Senior Erin Arevalo threw a complete game, one-hit shutout and struck out a career high 15 in the win to improve to 20-5 on the year. Arevalo took a no-hitter into the bottom of the 10th inning and allowed just three balls into the outfield, two of which were in foul territory.
Rachele Fico took the loss to drop to 15-9 on the year. She allowed one run on eight hits and six walks, while striking out 13.
Niaja Griffin, Tess Sito and Ashley Pauly led the team with two hits each, as the Bulldogs tallied eight on the night. LSU was held to just one hit in 15 innings of play, a double off the bat of Monica Russell
Kristyn Sandberg, who reached base six times in seven plate appearances, led off the 15th inning with a walk and moved to second on a groundout by Ashley Razey. With one away, Griffin reached on a two-base error that scored Sandberg for the game-winner.
Arevalo retired the side in the bottom of the frame, picking up her 15th strikeout of the game when she caught Jacee Blades swinging to lead off the inning. The final two outs were recorded on a groundout and a pop up to seal the 1-0 lead.
The Tigers put a pair of runners on in the bottom of the ninth on consecutive walks. The runners moved into scoring position at second and third with one away. Sandberg recorded the second out by making a diving catch in foul territory. LSU's runner at third seemed to score the winning run, but was called out for leaving early, as Sandberg had already thrown the ball back to Arevalo in the circle.
Arevalo carried a perfect game into the bottom of the fifth before LSU got its first base runner when Santos drew a four-pitch walk and was sacrificed over by Allison Falcon. Arevalo retired the next two batters to end the LSU scoring threat.
Georgia and LSU will face each other in the second game of the weekend tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.