McFarland's eighth-inning double gives USD its first-ever win over SDSU.
March 9, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The San Diego Torero softball team enjoyed its first visit to San Diego State's new SDSU Stadium, earning a 2-0 extra-inning victory over its cross-town rival. With the game still scoreless and two outs in the top of the eighth, USD's Gina McFarland drilled a double into the right center gap, scoring Francesca Ramos and Rebekah Bradford to give the Toreros a 2-0 lead. Christina Haake took the mound in the bottom of the inning and finished off the Aztecs, giving USD its first win over SDSU in team history.
The game started at a quick pace with the first 12 hitters going down in order. The pitchers' dual continued through regulation with neither team getting a runner past second base. SDSU threatened to end the game in the seventh, with a runner on third and only one out. The Aztecs sent the runner on a grounder to second by Bree Boyer. Danielle Treiber fielded the ball and threw a perfect strike to Marissa Merchain who applied the tag at home, ending the threat.
In the top half of the eighth, Alicia Massei led off the inning by reaching on an error. After a fielder's choice, Ramos laid down a sacrifice bunt that roll through the defense for a single, putting runners on first and second with one out. Ashlee Nunes advanced the runners on a ground ball to third, setting up McFarland's game-winning double.
The win was the Toreros' first-ever over the Aztecs in 40 games...Haake's eight-inning shutout extended her streak of not allowing an earned run to 28 innings...It also lowered her team-leading ERA to a miniscule 0.61...SDSU's Celena Velasquez struck out 11 Torero hitters in the losing effort.
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