March 7, 2003
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. - Senior lefthander Susan Churchwell tossed a one-hit shutout on Friday afternoon as No.8 UC Davis beat Sonoma State, 1-0, gaining a split of their California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader after the host Seawolves won the opener, 2-0.
The Aggies, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped with their loss in the first game, are 19-4 overall and 12-2 in the CCAA. Sonoma State is 7-18 overall after the spllit and 4-10 in the conference. Seawolves starter Sharleen Koenig held UC Davis to just three hits in the opener.
Churchwell, the CCAA Pitcher of the Week after earning a pair of wins last week at Cal St., San Bernardino and UC San Diego, was even more impressive on Friday as she won for the ninth straight time. She gave up just one hit to Sonoma State - a two-out single in the third by right fielder Elise Heffner - while striking out 10 and walking just one. She retired the first eight batters she faced and put the Seawolves down in order five times.
The Aggies scored the only run of the game in the fifth after a leadoff single by catcher Angie and then scored on a bunt by Emily Hetzner, and then scored one out later after Jennifer Borrelli reached on an infield error.
UC Davis had six hits in the game, including doubles by Churchwell and designated player Megan Turman. Donna Callaway pitched five innings for Sonoma State, striking out two and walking none. She dropped to 1-4 while Churchwell improved to 9-2.
Koenig was strong against the Aggies in the opener, setting down the first 10 batters she faced until Borrelli walked in the fourth. UC Davis had runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings but could not score.
Sonoma State broke through against Aggies starter Amy Rosson in the sixth. Elise Heffner opened with a double and then scored after an infield error. An RBI single to left with two outs scored Danielle McDavid with another run.
Rosson gave up just four hits and no earned runs in the game, striking out four and walking one. Her record fell to 10-2 while Koenig improved to 5-7. Shortstop Lindsey Roark, third baseman Lindsay Moore and first baseman Suzanne Yale each had a hit for the Aggies.
UC Davis returns to action on Saturday when they travel to face San Francisco State in a noon twinbill.