March 12, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - A five-run rally in the sixth inning helped deliver Cal State San Bernardino a 6-1 victory over UC Davis in the nightcap of their California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at La Rue Field on Friday after the Aggies pulled out a 3-2 win in 10 innings in the opener.
The split moves the Aggies' overall record to 15-9 and their CCAA mark to 12-6, while the Coyotes are 6-15-1 overall and 5-12-1 in conference action. Amy Rosson went the distance in the first game, earning her 10th win of the season, while center-fielder Emily Hetzner went 7-for-8 in the twinbill to lead UC Davis' offensive attack. Jenna Cresta had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of the first game, scoring Kacey Sevier with the decisive run.
Amanda Steele posted the complete-game win for Cal State San Bernardino in the second game, scattering seven hits, while shortstop Krista Hernandez and second baseman Cristine Butler each had three hits on Friday for the Coyotes.
"I give San Bernardino credit," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung. "They played well today."
"I thought we played well defensively on the day and I was proud of the way we came back in the first game," she said. "In the second game, we put too many people on base and eventually that's going to catch up to you. We also need to keep scoring instead of getting one run and sitting on it."
The Coyotes trailed 1-0 going into the sixth inning of the nightcap but a leadoff triple to right by Butler ignited a late rally. Christina Vaughn's single to right scored Butler with one out to tie the game, while a wild pitch scored pinch-runner Erin Brown with the second run. A two-run double by catcher Crystal Fraijo off UC Davis starter Rachel Kelly scored two more later in the inning while a bases-loaded walk by reliever Lindsay Tognetti brought in the final run.
Down 6-1 in their final at-bat, UC Davis loaded the bases with two outs on hits by catcher Megan Turman and Hetzner, but Steele was able to get the final out and the victory. In addition to allowing the seven hits, Steele walked just one and struck out three, improving her record to 3-3. Kelly took the loss for UC Davis and is 3-6 after striking out five, walking four and giving up seven hits. Tognetti had a strikeout and two walks in 0.1 innings of work before yielding back to Kelly.
Hetzner went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base for the Aggies, while Hernandez had a pair of hits for Cal State San Bernardino. Lindsey Roark tripled for UC Davis as did Butler and Vaughn for the Coyotes. Hetzner knocked in the Aggies' only run with an infield single in the third.
Rosson improved to 10-2 in the opener for the Aggies, striking out 11 batters in 10 innings. The senior All-America selection held Cal State San Bernardino without a hit until pitcher Dawn Onishi singled up the middle to lead off the sixth. The Coyotes scored two runs on three hits in the inning - including one on a sacrifice fly by Tami James - to take a 2-1 lead. However, Hetzner singled to center in the bottom half of the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice by Cresta, then scored the tying run on a Michelle Malbon's single through the left side.
Each team had runners in scoring position in the extra innings before Turman singled to center to open the bottom of the 10th. She stole second and was sacrificed to third before eventually being tagged out on an infield grounder later in the inning. But Cresta delivered off Onishi with two outs, hitting a single to left that scored Sevier with the winning run.
Rosson allowed just five hits to go with five walks and her 11 strikeouts. Onishi, who dropped to 2-10, gave up 10 hits, walked one and struck out three. Hetzner had a double for one of her three hits. UC Davis returns to action with a CCAA doubleheader against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday. First pitch at La Rue Field is noon.
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