Aggies Split Games At UC Davis Invitational To Open 2004 Softball Season

Jan. 31, 2004

UC Davis 1, San Francisco 0 (Box Score)
Chico State 7, UC Davis 4 (Box Score)

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior All-America pitcher Amy Rosson tossed a two-hit shutout in UC Davis' season opener against San Francisco State while Chico State scored five times in the fourth inning of the Aggies' second game, as the 2003 NCAA Division II champions split a twinbill at the UC Davis Invitational on Saturday at La Rue Field.

The Aggies beat San Francisco State 1-0 before dropping a 7-4 matchup to the Wildcats. Chico State beat the Gators 5-3 in the final game, winning the one-day tournament with a 2-0 record.

Rosson, who helped lead the Aggies to their first-ever national championship last season on her way to All-America honors, was strong in her first outing of 2004. She struck out the side in the first and faced only one batter over the minimum nine through the first three innings.

The only hits she gave up were an infield single to Kristin Bartholomay in the fifth inning and a single up the middle by Bartholomay in the seventh. Rosson finished with 11 strikeouts while walking just three. She got the only run she needed in the fourth inning when Michelle Malbon's sharp single to second scored catcher Megan Turman, who opened the inning with a single.

Pitcher Sonja Garnett took the loss for the Gators, allowing just three hits while striking out three and walking none. Emily Hetzner had UC Davis' only other hit.

In UC Davis' second game, the Aggies scored twice in the bottom of the first - highlighted by an RBI-single from third baseman Nikki Sheldon and a run-scoring single from Malbon - and led 3-1 before Chico State erupted in the fourth.

Meghan Farnham's triple to right scored one run while Bridgette Overstreet doubled in Farnham for another as the Wildcats tied the game 3-3 and chased Aggies starter Rachel Kelly. Outfielder Katie Stokx later singled in another run off reliever Lindsay Tognetti before catcher Jennifer Chacon tripled in the final two runs of the stanza and a 6-3 lead.



Megan De La Hoya had two hits to lead UC Davis while Stokx had a pair for the Wildcats. Kristin Paese allowed six hits and seven walks but struck out six Aggies. Kelly had one strikeout and four walks in her season debut while Tognetti struck out four and walked a pair.

"We saw some good things today and some things we need to work on, and that's what we were looking for this weekend," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "It was a good start.

"I think we played solid against San Francisco State and Amy gave up just the two hits. It took us a while to get going but I expected that to happen the first game of the season," she said. "After awhile, we started to hit it hard. We did some nice things against Chico but I didn't think we were as aggressive as we should've been."

n the tournament finale, San Francisco State used a two-out double to center from Chrissy Hildenbrandt to take a 3-1 lead against Chico State in the sixth inning. However, the Wildcats used four hits and walk to open the seventh inning, scoring four runs for a 5-3 lead. The Gators couldn't tie it in their last at-bat.

UC Davis returns to action on Friday at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the Aggies' California Collegiate Athletic Association opener.