Seventh-ranked 'Runners Get Best Of Aggies In CCAA Softball Sweep

Nikki Sheldon homered against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Nikki Sheldon homered against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

March 5, 2004

Cal State Bakersfield 8, UC Davis 7 (Box Score)
Cal State Bakersfield 2, UC Davis 1 (Box Score)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UC Davis outhit No.7 Cal State Bakersfield in both games of its California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon, but the Roadrunners swept the Aggies 8-7 and 2-1 at the Roadrunner Softball Complex.

The losses drop UC Davis' overall record to 12-8 and its CCAA mark to 9-5 while Cal State Bakersfield is 21-6 overall and 9-5 in conference action. Aggie freshman Nikki Sheldon finished with four hits in the twinbill, including three hits and a trio of runs batted in during the opener.

The teams combined for 25 hits in the first game with the Aggies picking up 13 of them. However, the Roadrunners scored twice in the first and once in the second to chase UC Davis starter Amy Rosson and never trailed in the game. Freshman Lindsay Tognetti came on in relief and went the remainder, giving up five runs and seven hits.

Christie Hill led off the 'Runners' first inning with a home run while Carrie Hilvers doubled in the other run. Renee Rubio doubled in Cal State Bakersfield's third run in the second. A run-scoring double by Hill in the third and Jenny Rios' RBI single to center brought around two more runs in the fourth as the Roadrunners scored four more times.

Trailing 7-0, UC Davis scored three times in the fourth on a three-run homer to left from Sheldon which also scored Emily Hetzner and and Jenna Cresta. Sheldon's RBI double and Michelle Malbon's run-scoring single to center brought a round another pair in the fifth as UC Davis closed to 8-5.

The Aggies were down 8-7 in the seventh and had the tying run at third but reliever Megan McDonough got Lindsey Roark to ground out, ending the game. Kristyn Daniels earned the win

 

 

with 4.2 innings of work, improving to 11-2. McDonough had her first save. Rosson dropped to 8-2. In addition to Sheldon, Malbon also had three hits in the opener, while Hetzner, Kristin Herrera and Megan Tuman each had a pair. Hill and Hilvers posted a pair of hits for the Roadrunners.

A pitcher's duel highliighted the nightcap as Aggies' sophomore Rachel Kelly and Hill battled with complete games. Kelly struck out three, walked just two and scattered six hits while Hill allowed seven hits but had no walks and six strikeouts.

The teams were knotted in a scoreless tie until three hits and a pair of errors accounted for two Cal State Bakersfield runs in the fifth. Hilvers singled in one run while catcher Tara Licuanan singled in another.

UC Davis countered with a run in the sixth as Malbon singled in pinch-runner Carrie Brueckner with two outs. Kacey Sevier and Malbon each had two hits for the Aggies while Licuanan had a pair for Cal State Bakersfield.

Kelly, who allowed no earned runs, is 3-5 while Hill improved to 7-4.

UC Davis will play a CCAA doubleheader at Cal State Stanislaus on Saturday.