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SUNBIRDS DROP SERIES WITH 15 INNING LOSS TO NEW ENGLAND

Stockton, Calif. – In the second longest game of the 2004 season, the California Sunbirds fell 1-0 to the visiting New England Riptide on Tuesday, June 29, in 15 innings. With the loss the Sunbirds fall to 8-15 overall while the Riptide improve to 9-15.

It took nearly five hours before a runner crossed the plate, but in the top of the 15th, New England Riptide third-basemen, Rachael McGinnis, scored the lone run of the game as she came into score on a single to left center off the bat of Ashley Moore. Moore drove in the winning run with her only hit of the game as she finished the night going 1-for-4.

For the second consecutive game, neither team could get their offenses going as both teams’ pitchers were stingy with every pitch they threw. New England starter, Jocelyn Forest, went all 15 innings for the Riptide as she allowed only four hits in the game, all of which came in the first six innings of play. To go with her 13 innings of no-hit ball, Forest struck out 24 to even her record at six wins and six losses.

Not to be outdone, California pitchers, starter Cindy Ball and reliever Jodie Cox, pitched a strong game giving up just seven hits combined. Ball pitched seven, nearly perfect innings, holding a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Cox, who came in the game in relief in the eighth inning, gave up just five hits in her eight innings of work. Cox was the pitcher of decision in all three games during the series as she finished 1-2 against the Riptide.

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