Feb. 8, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior pitcher Amy Rosson extended her scoreless innings streak this season to 41 with a two-hitter in Saturday's first game while senior Susan Churchwell tossed a two-hitter and retired 18 straight in the nightcap, as No. 8 UC Davis stretched its winning streak to six games by sweeping Cal St. Stanislaus in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at LaRue Field.
UC Davis won the opener, 1-0, before blanking the Warriors, 2-0, in the nightcap. The Aggies won all six home games this week, improving to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA. Cal St. Stanislaus, which swept defending NCAA West Region champion Chico State on Friday, dropped to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in league.
Catcher Angie Linsenmeyer's run-scoring single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning accounted for the Aggies' only score in the opener, while sophomore Megan Turman singled to left, scoring junior Michelle Malbon with the go-ahead run in the fifth inning of the second game.
Rosson, 6-0, has not allowed a run in six starts this season and has given up just four hits her last two games. The only hits she allowed were a double to catcher Roxanne Rizzo in the fourth and a single to Shawna Brunold in the fifth. Rosson finished with seven strikeouts and just two walks and let only two runners past first base.
Churchwell was equally effective in the nightcap, winning for the third straight time and improving her record to 3-2. She picked up six strikeouts, walked only one batter and retired the last 18 batters she faced. Churchwell gave up a walk and a hit to the first two batters she faced but only let one runner on base from that point on.
"I think our pitchers did a great job in neutralizing their hitters because they have good hitters," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung.
UC Davis left seven runners on base in the first game, including three in the third inning when the Aggies loaded the bases on two hits and a walk but couldn't push a run across. UC Davis went ahead in the sixth inning after a one-out double by Sue Yale and a two-out single by Linsenmeyer that scored pinch-runner Jenna Cresta.
Linsenmeyer finished 3-for-3 in the first game, while four other Aggies also picked up hits. In the nightcap, Turman's single down the line to left field in the fifth was enough to score Malbon who doubled to center with one out. Churchwell's line drive to left an inning later scored senior Jennifer Borrelli, who opened the inning by reaching on an error.
"We're very happy to come away with six wins against a pretty strong schedule this week," DeYoung said.
Shortstop Ali Bailie had both hits for Cal St. Stanislaus in the second game, while Borrelli and Turman each had a pair for the Aggies. In addition to her key single, Turman also tripled. UC Davis returns to action with a key doubleheader at Chico State next Friday.