Feb. 22, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Shortstop Lindsey Roark's squeeze bunt with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon scored pinch-runner Kristin Herrera with the game-winning run as No.8 UC Davis beat Cal St. Dominguez Hills, 2-1, completing a sweep of their California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at LaRue Field.
UC Davis scored three times in the second inning of the opener, going on for 4-2 win over the Toros. The first-place Aggies improved to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in the CCAA while Cal St. Dominguez Hills dropped to 8-3-1 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
UC Davis trailed 1-0 against Toros starter Kim O'Hanian in the nightcap, but tied the game in the sixth with a two-out rally. Designated player Megan Turman started the uprising with a single to left-center field, stole second and then came around on a third baseman Lindsay Moore's single to left.
In the seventh, first baseman Suzanne Yale singled to left-center before yielding running duties to Herrera. Catcher Angie Linsenmeyer then sacrifice-bunted Herrera to second, who then subsequently moved to third on an infield error. Roark followed by laying down a perfect bunt directly in front of the plate and Herrera was able to slide across with the winning run.
"These were big wins. Cal State Dominguez Hills is a good team and very dangerous," said UC Davis Coach Kathy DeYoung. "I'm very pleased to come away with two wins and with how we executed in the seventh inning."
The come-from-behind win made a winner of starting pitcher Susan Churchwell for the sixth straight time. Churchwell, now 6-2, allowed just one run in the game, struck out three and walked only one. O'Hanian fell to 4-1 after giving up no walks and striking out none. The Toros scored their only run in the first inning when center-fielder Renee Snyder singled in catcher Daisy Flores.
Moore led UC Davis with a pair of hits while Flores and second baseman Danielle Proctor each had two for the Toros.
In the opener, the Aggies took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning after Turman's single to left brought around Roark, but trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the second after four errors helped the Toros capitalize on one hit to score a pair of unearned runs. Ally Weber had the lone hit against UC Davis starter Amy Rosson in the inning.
Rosson gave up just three hits in the game and didn't allow a runner past first base the rest of the way. She finished with seven strikeouts and walked three, upping her record to 8-1.
"Once again, I thought both of our pitchers did a really nice job and kept us in the games," said DeYoung.
Down 2-1, UC Davis scored three times in the second against Cal State Dominguez Hills starter Rebecca Rios. Yale and Herrera each singled to open the inning, while Roark singled in the first run two batters later. Churchwell then doubled in two more as UC Davis took a 4-2 lead.
The Aggies pounded out 10 hits in the opener, including three by Yale, one of them a double. Churchwell doubled twice for her two hits while Turman also had a two hits. Shortstop Natalie Sharp and O'Hanian each singed for the Toros.
UC Davis, which has won 12 of its past 13 games, returns to CCAA action on Friday at Cal State, San Bernardino. The Aggies will visit UC San Diego on Saturday.