UC Davis Uses Early Leads To Take Two From Antelopes

Nikki Sheldon had a key double in Friday's first game against Grand Canyon. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Nikki Sheldon had a key double in Friday's first game against Grand Canyon.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Feb. 13, 2004

UC Davis 1, Grand Canyon 0
UC Davis 7, Grand Canyon 2

DAVIS, Calif. - Timely offense in the first inning of both games accounted for five UC Davis runs as the Aggies swept a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader from Grand Canyon on Friday afternoon at La Rue Field by scores of 1-0 and 7-2.

UC Davis won for the fourth straight time and is 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the CCAA. Grand Canyon, playing its first season of softball, dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-3 in league. Senior Amy Rosson had 14 strikeouts in a three-hit shutout in the opener while sophomore Rachel Kelly posted her first complete-game win in the nightcap.

The Aggies scored the only run they would need in the first game when catcher Megan Turman opened with a single down the right-field line. After stealing second, she came around to score on freshman Nikki Sheldon's long double to right.

Early offense was the key in the second game as well as UC Davis tallied four runs in its first at-bat. An infield error allowed Turman to score with the first run before first baseman Sue Yale's double to the left-field corner off Antelopes starter Alexandra Hawley scored both Sheldon and Megan De La Hoya. Second baseman Lindsay Cox concluded the early rally with a sacrifice fly off reliever Kristen Swetel that scored Jessica Miller.

UC Davis had just two hits in both games with Turman accounting for half the total.

However, the early offense was all UC Davis would need for both Rosson and Kelly. Rosson, who improved to 4-0 with her fourth consecutive shutout, was dominant against Grand Canyon in the first game. Eight of the first nine outs were recorded via strikeouts as she finished with at least 10 strikeouts for the fourth time this year. She has 50 strikeouts in 28 innings.

 

 

The only hits she gave up were in the first, fourth and fifth innings. Rosson didn't walk a batter and has a string of 61 consecutive innings without having surrendered an earned run.

Kelly picked up her first win of the season by going the distance in the nightcap. She scattered nine hits, walked three and struck out five. Only one of the two runs she allowed was earned. She had runners at second and third with no outs in the fifth, but struck out Robynn Mendehall and then got Heather Dukes to line into a double-play to shortstop Kacey Sevier, ending the inning.

"Both our pitchers did a great job today but Rachel really stepped up when we needed her to," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "Amy's really been tough. She's getting ahead in the count a lot which givers her the chance to work the batters."

The Aggies return to action on Saturday when they host UC San Diego in another CCAA doubleheader. First pitch is 11 a.m. at La Rue Field.