Feb. 18, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis scored two runs in the eighth inning for a 4-2 victory in the opener of Wednesday's nonconference softball doubleheader at Sacramento State while the Hornets gained a split with a 1-0 win in the nightcap as Brianne Ferguson tossed a one-hit shutout at Shea Stadium.
UC Davis is 8-4 after the twinbill while the Hornets are 3-6. Amy Rosson scattered four hits in the first game, picking up her team-high fifth win of the season while freshman Lindsay Tognetti was the hard-luck loser in the second game after throwing a six-hitter in her first career start. Designated player Amy Jo McKenzie hit a solo homerun to left in the second inning, accounting for Sacramento State's only run in their win.
The Aggies and Hornets were tied 2-2 after seven innings in the opener, but UC Davis capitalized on three Sacramento State errors to score a pair of runs and gain a 4-2 lead. Jessica Miller reached on an outfield error and Jenna Cresta was safe after an infield error as the Aggies began their one-out rally.
A throwing error to third off an infield grounder allowed Miller to come around to score while catcher Megan Turman's single off the glove of pitcher Nicole Deatherage brought Megan De La Hoya across the plate with another run. Rosson then put down the Hornets in order in the seventh as UC Davis gained the win.
Rosson finished the game with eight strikeouts and three walks, not allowing a hit until Sacramento State picked up an earned run on two hits in the fourth. The earned run was the first allowed by Rosson this season and ended a streak of 69.1 consecutive innings without an earned run dating back to last year.
Six different Aggies picked up hits in the game, including doubles from third baseman Nikki Sheldon and Jenna Cresta. Turman, Kacey Sevier, Michelle Malbon and Emily Hetzner also had hits. Four different Hornets had hits in the opener.
Ferguson pitched a strong game for Sacramento State in the nightcap, keeping the Aggies' bats silent the entire game. The only hit she allowed was a single to center from De La Hoya in the third inning. Ferguson retired the last 13 batters she faced. She picked up eight strikeouts, walked two and improved to 1-4 with the win.
Tognetti pitched a solid game in her first start for UC Davis. She scattered six hits, walked only one and had two strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work. The only run she allowed came off the bat of McKenzie, whose solo shot leading off the second inning was the only offense the Hornets could muster.
"I think our pitchers both did a good job," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "We just didn't make the adjustments at the plate in the second game."
No Sacramento State player had more than one hit in the game.
UC Davis returns to action on Friday when the Aggies host Sonoma State in a California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader at La Rue Field. First pitch is 1 p.m.