The teams play a total of seven innings in a typical collegiate softball game. Each team bats and plays defence on the field during an inning. The visiting team takes the field first. When the home team gets three outs during their turn at bat, an inning is usually over.
If the home team is ahead at the completion of the visiting team’s batting turn in the seventh inning, the game concludes without further play. If the teams are deadlocked, the game will continue until one side has a greater score at the end of an inning. The longest recorded college softball game is 31 innings, which was played on May 11, 1991, between Creighton and Utah.
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