Feb. 14, 2003
CHICO, Calif. - Rallies in the late innings of both games enabled No.8 UC Davis to sweep No.7 Chico State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Chico.
UC Davis rallied for a 7-3 win in the opener, scoring four runs in the sixth inning, and then completed the sweep with a 4-3 win in the nightcap after junior Emily Hetzner's infield single in the seventh snapped a 3-3 deadlock.
The Aggies extended their winning streak to nine games, improving to 11-2 overall and 4-0 in the CCAA. Chico State, which captured the NCAA Division II West Region championship last season, fell to 8-5 overall and 0-4 in conference action.
Junior Amy Rosson earned the win for UC Davis in the opener, improving to 7-0, giving up just her first runs of the season after beginning the year with 42.1 scoreless innings. The runs also snapped an impressive string of 64.2 scoreless innings for Rosson dating back to last season, five innings shy of the school record. Senior Susan Churchwell had a two-hitter in the second game, winning for the fourth straight time and upping her record to 4-2.
The Aggies trailed 2-1 going into the sixth inning of the opener, but crossed the plate four times in the sixth inning off Chico State starter Katie Stokx for a 5-3 lead. Right fielder Michelle Malbon, who had three hits in the game, doubled in two runs, while pinch-hitter Megan Turman hit her first career home run for two more. Malbon added a run-scoring single in the seventh, scoring left fielder Jennifer Borrelli, highlighting a two-run seventh for the Aggies that put them in front, 7-3.
Rosson won her 11th straight decision going back to 2002, scattering five hits against the Wildcats. She struck out two and walked four, allowing just one earned run. Stokx fell to 4-2 after allowing seven earned runs against the Aggies. She had just one strikeout and walked eight.
With the game tied, 1-1, Chico State scored twice in the third on an outfield error and an infield single for a 3-1 lead, which it would hold until the sixth. Stokx had three hits for the Wildcats.
Turman started a two-out rally in the seventh inning of the nightcap, singling to left field. She advanced to second on a single by second baseman Kristin Herrera, then scored on Hetzner's grounder down the third-base line. Churchwell ended the game by getting the Wildcats out on a trio of infield grounders in their last at-bat.
Herrera had two hits for UC Davis, which scored a pair of runs in the third on an RBI-triple from third baseman Lindsay Moore and a single to center by Churchwell. A three-run double by Stokx off Churchwell gave Chico State a 3-2 lead after four innings but the Aggies tied it during their next at-bat on Herrera's single to right that scored Jenna Cresta.
Churchwell struck out three and walked four for the Aggies, while Amber Neves gave up eight hits for Chico State, dropping to 1-3.
Rosson's 11 straight wins are just one shy of the school record she set last season, while her 64.2 innings of scoreless pitching are second only to Churchwell, who had 69.2 in 2001.
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