Feb. 5, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior pitcher Susan Churchwell tossed a three-hitter from the mound and slammed a solo home run to center field on Tuesday, helping No. 8 UC Davis to a 2-1 win over Augustana (S.D.) in the second game of their nonconference doubleheader at LaRue Field.
Junior pitcher Amy Rosson had 11 strikeouts and threw her fourth consecutive shutout in the opener as the Aggies beat the Vikings, 3-0. UC Davis improved to 5-2 with the win while Augustana - which won last weekend's Diamond Sports Best of the West Tournament in Modesto - fell to 5-6.
Churchwell improved her early-season pitching record to 1-2, holding the Vikings to no runs and just two hits before giving up a double and a run in the seventh. She walked just two and struck out six, not allowing a runner past second base until the final inning.
Churchwell also helped pace the Aggies at the plate, hitting a home run off Augustana starter Megan Faris to lead off the fifth, part of her five hits in the twinbill. She added an insurance RBI in the sixth when her one-out single to right plated shortstop Lindsey Roark who walked an advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
"Susan came back strong today," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "She was hitting her spots, had good focus and she stepped up when they came back strong in the seventh."
Rosson, the California Collegiate Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week after three shutouts at the Best of the West, tossed another gem in the opener. She scattered six hits, walked none and struck out 11 to extend her scoreless inning streak this season to 25.
Rosson struck out six of the first nine batters he faced - including striking out the side in the second. She improved to 4-0. Churchwell had two hits in the first game, singling up the middle in the first to scored Roark. First baseman Sue Yale doubled in two runs to also help in the offensive attack.
"I was pleased with how we played in both games today," said DeYoung. "I thought we played good defense. Both our pitchers did a great job, too."
Second baseman Alyssa Tabbert doubled in the second for Augustana, while center fielder Julie Koenigs and Jen Jarding each singled. Tabbert also singled twice in the first game, while Faris doubled, and first baseman Katie Kimball catcher Kristin Nagle and left fielder Kelsey Rossow each singled.
UC Davis returns to action on Friday when it hosts No. 20 Humboldt State in a nonconference doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.