Saint Mary's and UC Davis Split Nonconference Softball Doubleheader

Feb. 28, 2004

UC Davis 4, Saint Mary's 0 (Box Score)
Saint Mary's 7, UC Davis 0 (Box Score)

DAVIS, Calif. - Amy Rosson allowed just two hits and struck out 10 batters in the Aggies' 4-0 win over Saint Mary's in Saturday's first game while Claudia Williams' homer and double keyed the Gaels' 7-0 shutout in the second, as UC Davis and Saint Mary's split a nonconference softball doubleheader at La Rue Field.

UC Davis is 12-6 after the twinbill while Saint Mary's is 5-8. Lisa Bautista went 6.0 innings in the nightcap, earning her first win of the season for the Gaels.

Rosson won her fourth straight game after setting down Saint Mary's in the opener. The first seven outs she recorded came by strikeout as she held the Gaels hitless until an infield single by Marcia-Marie Euker leading off the fifth gave Saint Mary's its first hit. Otherwise, Rosson was dominant, allowing just one runner past first base in the game.

Rosson didn't walk a batter and retired 10 of the last 11 batters she faced, improving to 8-1 this season. The Aggies gave her all the offense she would need by scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. Jenna Cresta's two-run single to right scored Kacey Sevier and Emily Hetzner with the first two runs, while Sevier's single to left brought around Sue Yale with a run in the second. Shortstop Lindsey Roark also scored on the play after the Gaels tried to get Sevier out at second.

Sevier and Cresta each had two hits in the first game for UC Davis, while Staci Hamaguchi had the Gaels' lone other hit. Jennifer Eaton had four strikeouts and walked two for Saint Mary's, dropping to 4-4 on the season.

Saint Mary's led 1-0 in the nightcap but scored six runs in the fifth inning to break the game open. A walk, a single to center by Hamaguchi and a fielder's choice loaded the bases with one out against Aggies' starter Rachel Kelly. Michelle Mathis then singled to right, scoring Jordann Bass but the ball was misplayed allowing Euker and Hamaguchi to score as well.



Williams then followed an out later with a two-run homer to deep center, giving the Gaels a 6-0 lead. It was her second home run of the season and just the first allowed by Kelly this season. Williams also accounted for Saint Mary's first run of the game, doubling in Mathis who had walked with one out in the first.

UC Davis put runners at third base in each of the last two innings but could not score. Hetzner doubled to center and advanced to third with two outs but was stranded in sixth, while the Aggies loaded the bases with none out against reliever Lauren Gardner in the seventh. However, a flyout, strikeout and fielder's choice ended the threat and the game.

Kelly had two strikeouts and walked three before being relieved by Lindsay Tognetti in the sixth, while Bautista had five strikeouts and walked only one. Kelly is 3-4 while Bautista is 1-3.

Williams had two hits for the Gaels while Hetzner had two for the Aggies.

"I thought we played a great first game," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung. "I was really happy with that game all around. In the second game, we didn't make adjustments at the plate."

Nevertheless, the nonconference doubleheader allowed DeYoung to play some of her younger players.

"We got a lot of people some playing time that hadn't been getting it and that was a good thing," she said.

UC Davis returns to action with California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheaders at Cal State Bakersfield on Friday and Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday.