Feb. 21, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Susan Churchwell pitched a three-hit shutout in the second game Friday and No.8 UC Davis scored two early runs, helping the Aggies to a 5-0 win and a split of their California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader against No.25 Cal St. Bakersfield at LaRue Field.
The Roadrunners scored twice in the ninth inning of the opener, winning 2-0 and snapping the Aggies' nine-game winning streak.
The split leaves UC Davis with a 12-3 overall record and a 5-1 mark in the CCAA, while Cal St. Bakersfield is 12-6 overall and 4-2 in league.
After being held without a run in the first game, the Aggies got on the board early in the second. Churchwell's single to left-center field with one out scored shortstop Lindsey Roark with the first run, while an infield error allowed Churchwell to come across with the second. Leading 2-0, the Aggies then turned to Churchwell who didn't allow a run despite the Roadrunners getting runners to third three times.
In the first, first baseman Lynn Kraftschik reached on an error and moved over to third on a sacrifice and a grounder before being stranded, Amber Mills had a two-out triple in the fourth but couldn't score, and Candace Pillado singled in the seventh, moved to second on a wild pitch and eventually advanced to third before being left in scoring position.
Churchwell allowed just three hits, struck out two and walked none, improving to 5-2 with her fifth straight win. Designated player Carrie Hilvers had the Roadrunners' remaining hit.
UC Davis added three insurance runs in the sixth inning, capitalizing on run-scoring singles by Michelle Malbon and Roark, and a squeeze bunt from catcher Angie Linsenmeyer. Third baseman Lindsay Moore had two hits in the nightcap for the Aggies.
In the first game, Cal St. Bakersfield pitcher Erin Kelly and Aggie starter Amy Rosson dueled in a scoreless battle for eight innings. Kelly retired the first six batters she faced and only gave up one hit through the first five innings. UC Davis twice advanced runners to third against Kelly, including the sixth inning when center fielder Emily Hetzner singled and moved to third with just one out. But Kelly got out of the jam with two infield grounders and a infield popup.
Rosson was equally effective, striking out the side in the second inning and facing the minimum nine batters through the first three. She held Cal St. Bakersfield in check until the ninth when Kraftschik led off with a single. Kraftschik was then safe at second a batter later on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Christie Hill and then both Roadrunners later scored on third baseman Katie King's one-out double to left-center after a passed ball put them bothin scoring position.
"We had opportunities to score in the first game," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung. "We hit a lot of balls at people. I thought we played great defense. Amy certainly pitched well enough to win.
"I think we came back strong in the second game," she added. "We executed on the things we wanted to do. I thought both of our pitchers did a great job today."
Kelly struck out three and walked just one in her three-hit shutout win, improving to 8-1, while Rosson had seven strikeouts and two walks, dropping to 7-1 after suffering her first loss in her last 12 decisions.
Hetzner had two hits in the opener for the Aggies, while Jennifer Borrelli had one. Kraftschik finished 3 for 3, while catcher Sarah McClain and right fielder Jenny Rios each singled.
UC Davis returns to action Saturday with a noon CCAA doubleheader against Cal St. Dominguez Hills.