Final Innings Are Difference In Aggies' Softball Sweep

Feb. 20, 2004

UC Davis 2, Sonoma State 1 (Box Score)
UC Davis 1, Sonoma State 0 (Box Score)

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis scored the winning run in its final at-bats in both games on Friday as the Aggies swept Sonoma State 2-1 and 1-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at La Rue Field.

UC Davis is 10-4 overall and 8-2 in the CCAA while the Seawolves dropped to 3-11 overall and 3-5 in conference action.

Catcher Megan Turman's single to left plated Emily Hetzner with the winning run in the seventh-inning of the first game while a wild pitch from Isabel Banales scored pinch-runner Megan De La Hoya for the winning score in the nightcap.

"We played just well enough to win but we're not satisfied," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "We sneaked out both games but we're a better team than today."

Amy Rosson improved her record to 6-1 with a three-hitter in the opener while sophomore Rachel Kelly is 3-2 after a one-hitter - which had four strikeouts, five hit batters and just two walks - in the second game. Rosson posted six strikeouts and three walks.

"Both our pitchers did a good job at staying ahead in the count," said DeYoung.

Sonoma State took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of the opener on a run-scoring single by Monica Centoni but UC Davis responded in the bottom half of the inning when Sue Yale's single through the left side scored Jessica Miller from second.

Senior Emily Hetzner led off the Aggies' seventh with a double to left and then scored when Megan Turman's single dropped into left. The throw from the outfield to the plate made the play close, but Hetzner was called safe.



Rosson retired the first nine batters she faced and besides the fourth inning only let two runenrs as far as second the rest of the way.

UC Davis had eight hits in the game with Hetzner collecting a pair. Three different Seawolves had hits for Sonoma State.

The Seawolves stranded 10 runners on base during the nightcap, including three in the third inning when an error and two hit batters loaded the bases with none out. However, an infield grounder retired Kelly Guisa at the plate for the second out while a popup ended the inning. Kelly held Sonoma State in check the rest of the way, retiring the last seven batters she faced.

Third baseman Nikki Sheldon began the Aggies' rally in the seventh inning getting hit by a pitch and was replaced on the basepaths by De La Hoya. After being sacrificed to second by Michelle Malbon and then advancing to third on a fly-out, she scored the winning run when Banales' pitch was high and got by catcher Lindsay Frey.

Kelly Lazzini - who took the loss on the mound in the first game - had the Seawolves' lone hit in the second. Banales only allowed three hits to the Aggies, one each by Sheldon, Jenna Cresta and Hetzner.

UC Davis returns to CCAA action on Saturday when the Aggies host San Francisco State at La Rue Field at noon.