Clutch Hitting, Pitching Pace Aggies In Softball Sweep

Feb. 7, 2003

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DAVIS, Calif. - Amy Rosson and Susan Churchwell each pitched complete-game shutouts Friday, and first baseman Sue Yale hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning of the first game, as No. 8 UC Davis swept No.20 Humboldt State by a pair of 1-0 scores in a nonconference softball doubleheader at LaRue Field.

The Aggies pushed their winning streak to five games, improving to 7-2. The Lumberjacks fell to 6-4. Center-fielder Emily Hetzner's squeeze bunt in the fifth inning of the nightcap scored right-fielder Michelle Malbon with that game's only run.

Rosson allowed just two hits in Friday's first game, the Aggies' first extra-inning game of the year. She gave up a single in the second inning to second baseman Lacey Cope and an infield single to right fielder Teresa Bertocchi in the eighth. Rosson, who hasn't allowed a run in 34 innings this season, struck out six batters and walked just three. She retired 12 straight batters between the third inning and the start of the seventh. Rosson improved her record to 5-0.

Kara Roberts struck out three and walked just two in the first game for Humboldt State, falling to 1-2.

Churchwell was equally effective in the second game, giving up just a single walk while striking out six Lumberjacks. She retired 11 straight batters in her start, striking out four consecutive at one point. Churchwell jumped her record to 2-2.

"Our pitchers were outstanding," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "They mixed their pitches around well against a good-hitting team. To hold them to the hits they got is good pitching."

Yale provided the heroics in the first game for the Aggies, hitting a home run to left-center field with one out in the ninth off Roberts. It was the junior's second round-tripper of the season.



"What a fun way to end the game," DeYoung said. "What a clutch hit."

UC Davis threatened to score in the first inning of the opener, loading the bases with two outs, but Roberts got out of the jam with an infield grounder by Malbon.

The Lumberjacks' best chance in the first game came in the third when pinch-runner Ashley Britt advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a sacrifice with just one out. But Rosson got Kelly Morgan to foul out and first baseman Amy Rothballer to line out to second to end the threat.

Churchwell didn't allow a runner past second base in the nightcap, permitting just two runners on base in the same inning in the first. UC Davis manufactured its score when Malbon opened the fifth with a double. She moved to third two batters later on a sacrifice by second baseman Kacey Sevier, then scored on Hetzner's bunt.

"Emily did a great job getting that bunt far enough out to score the run," said DeYoung.

Emily Weitzel had four strikeouts and just one walk in the second game for the Lumberjacks, dropping her record to 4-2.

UC Davis returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Cal State Stanislaus in the Aggies' California Collegiate Athletic Association opener. The twinbill at LaRue Field begins at noon.