Feb. 9, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Freshman Teri Ann Caoagan had the game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning of the first game and junior Nikki Cinque allowed one unearned run in seven innings in the second game as Sacramento State swept UC Davis in a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.
The Hornets won the first game in eight innings, 3-2, before taking the nightcap by the score of 2-1. Sacramento State has now won three-straight games and improved to 5-2 this season. The 5-2 record is the team's best start after seven games since the 1995 squad opened with a 7-0 record. UC Davis fell to 2-7.
In the first game, Caoagan had a two-out, RBI-single in the sixth inning to give the Hornets a short-lived 2-1 lead, and then returned in the eighth inning to deliver a walk-off, one-out RBI single scoring pinch runner Hilary Johnson with the game-winning run. Caoagan, who is a walk-on freshman, finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Senior Brianne Ferguson improved her record to 3-0 this season as the right-hander allowed just five hits and two runs in eight innings of work. In three starts this year, Ferguson has allowed just 11 hits in 22.0 innings and has a 0.64 ERA.
UC Davis got on the board in the third inning on a RBI-fielders choice from Kristin Herrera which scored Megan Turman. Sacramento State quickly tied the game in the bottom of the fourth after a UC Davis error allowed Lesley Mayhorn to score. Caoagan's sixth-inning single gave the Hornets the lead before UC Davis tied the score in the seventh on an RBI-single from Turman.
With the international tie-breaker rule in effect after the seventh inning, Johnson was placed at second base to start the eighth inning. UC Davis starter Rachel Kelly retired Gloria Toledo for the first out of the inning before Johnson stole third base to set up Caoagan's game-winning single.
Kelly (1-3) picked up the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) and seven hits in 7.1 innings. Joining Caoagan with a multiple-hit game was sophomore Ashley Dawson, who finished 2-for-4.
In the nightcap, Cinque picked up her second-consecutive win, allowing an unearned run and six hits in seven innings of work. Cinque, who was a junior college All-American last season at Sacramento City College, improved her record to 2-1 this year and lowered ERA to 2.00.
Amy Jo McKenzie's RBI-single got the Hornets on the board in the first inning. The Hornets tacked on another run in the second inning after UC Davis center fielder Megan De La Hoya allowed Lindy Winkler's single to roll past her while Dawson scored all the way from first base.
The Aggies cut the lead to one in the sixth inning on an RBI-single from Turman. UC Davis put runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh before Cinque got Lindsay Tognetti to line out to Hornet shortstop Amy Tompkins to end the game.
With three more hits in the doubleheader, Winkler raised her batting average to a team-high .455. Dawson combined for three hits and a walk to raise her season average to .385.
UC Davis will host Santa Clara in a noon twinbill on Saturday at La Rue Field.
(Courtesy Sacramento State Athletics Media Relations)