Feb. 1, 2003
MODESTO, Calif. - Junior pitcher Amy Rosson allowed just one hit in each of her two wins on Saturday as UC Davis delivered head coach Kathy DeYoung her 700th career victory with a pair of wins on the first day of the season-opening Diamond Sports Best of the West Tournament.
The Aggies opened their day with an 8-0 win against Azusa Pacific in a game called after five innings due to the eight-run rule, lost in the afternoon to defending regional champion Chico State, 3-0, then finished with a 4-0 victory over Western Oregon. The victories improved DeYoung's overall record at UC Davis to 700-362-2 (.658) as she begins her 25th year at the helm of the Aggies' program.
Outfielder Jennifer Borrelli had seven hits on Saturday to lead the UC Davis offensive attack.
Rosson, an All-American last year, gave up just one hit in each of the two wins. She gave up a lone single to Azusa Pacific's designated player Sasha Budde in her first game, while striking out six and walking only one in five innings of work. Against Western Oregon later in the day, Rosson was strong again giving up a single to third baseman Val King. She picked up eight more strikeouts and walked just two.
The Aggies were tied, 0-0, in their opener against Azusa Pacific on Saturday before scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Two more runs in the fifth ended the game due to the run rule. UC Davis had 14 hits in the win, but only one of them for extra bases which came on a double from designated player Susan Churchwell. Churchwell had two hits in the contest, while catcher Angie Linsenmeyer added two hits and knocked in four runs. Shortstop Lindsey Roark also had a pair of hits for the Aggies.
Rival Chico State scored a single run against Churchwell in the second inning of their afternoon matchup for a 1-0 lead, then added runs in the third and fifth to account for its three runs. The Wildcats had just seven hits against UC Davis, but Wildcats pitcher Katie Stokx allowed just five in her shutout. Five different Aggies picked up those hits, all of them singles. Second baseman Ashley Andersen and Stokx each had a couple of singles for Chico State.
UC Davis rebounded with two quick runs in the first inning against Western Oregon in the nightcap, then punched across another in the second and a single score in the fifth. While Rosson was holding the Wolves to just one hit, the Aggies' bats picked up seven, including three by Borrelli who also had a stolen base. The senior left-fielder was 7-of-12 on the day.
UC San Diego was the only team to go 3-0 on the first day of the 14-team Best of the West Tournament with seven teams - including UC Davis - finishing 2-1.
DeYoung started coaching the Aggie softball team in 1979 and has led them to 40 wins in seven of the past eight seasons, 10 straight berths in the NCAA Championships, and four third-place finishes at the national finals. The Aggies have won or shared three of the past four California Collegiate Athletic Association titles.
UC Davis continues action in the tournament on Sunday with games against Cal St. Bakersfield and Cal St., San Bernardino.