Hager, a junior, allowed a single run in the sixth as her lone blemish. Afterward, inning after inning, Hager continued to quell the Black Eagles bats.
"It was tough," Hager said of the long outing. "Sometimes I thought I couldn't do it and I just had to dig deeper and deeper."
As one pitcher exhibited her impressive skills, the SC loss marked the final game to another's outstanding career in Black Eagles pitcher Alli Burdette.
Burdette, an Elon University recruit, struck out 15 and walked just two in 11 innings. She did not allow a hit until Hager's lead-off double that started Ripley's game-tying rally in the seventh.
By the 11th, Burdette said the Ripley hitters had timed her pitches.
"Into the 11th inning, the batters had seen me five or six times," she said. "It's easier to get the timing and they learn how to make contact."
Both teams struggled offensively until Ripley's 11th-inning breakout.
SC squandered several opportunities before heading to extra innings. The Black Eagles were 0-for-5 with five strikeouts with runners in scoring position until Amanda McDonald hit an RBI single in the sixth.
In the seventh, Ripley's Dusti Fisher produced the game-tying hit with an RBI single following Hager's lead-off double.
In addition to her winning pitching performance, Hager finished 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. SC's McDonald also recorded a multi-hit game to finish 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.