March 16, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Minnesota pitcher Piper Marten and UC Davis pitcher Amy Rosson matched each other with one-hitters in the first game of their nonconference doubleheader at La Rue Field on Tuesday, but the Golden Gophers were able to capitalize for a 1-0 win before completing the sweep with a 19-7 five-inning win in the nightcap.
UC Davis, which will take a break for final exams before resuming play on March 26 at UC San Diego, dropped to 17-11 overall while Minnesota improved to 13-10. The twinbill marked the first-ever softball meetings between the Aggies and Golden Gophers.
Tuesday's opener was a classic pitcher's duel between Marten and Rosson, who combined to strike out 24 batters - 16 by Marten - in addition to allowing just two hits. Marten recorded eight strikeouts through the first three innings and had eight consecutive from the second through fourth innings.
The only hit she allowed was a leadoff infield single to third baseman Nikki Sheldon in the bottom of the fifth. She stranded Sheldon, however, with a pair of strikeouts after Sheldon was sacrificed to second by Michelle Malbon. Marten improved to 7-6 with the win, coming within one strikeout of her career-high.
Rosson also tossed an outstanding game, holding the Golden Gophers without a hit through the first four innings. She only walked two batters during that span - both in the second inning - and only let one runner reach second in the first four innings. Minnesota's lone hit came in the fifth with Valerie Alston on second with two outs. An windblown infield pop-up by Tonya Mitchell fell out of the reach of Sheldon in front of the pitcher's circle and Alston was able to come around on the play to score the eventual game-winning run.
"Amy threw a great game," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "They got a lucky hit to score the run but those happen now and again. Amy threw an incredible game. I think she was really motivated.
"(Marten) did a great job, too," she added. "She's a very solid and very good pitcher."
While the teams had just two hits in the opener, they combined for 26 runs, 22 hits and seven errors in the nightcap. The Gophers, who led 3-2 at the end of the first and 5-3 heading into the fifth, tallied 14 runs on seven hits and two errors against three Aggie pitchers - starter Lindsay Tognetti and relievers Rachel Kelly and Lauren Pieretti.
The Golden Gophers sent 19 batters to the plate, also benefitting from four walks and two hit batters, while collecting a two-run double from Hailee Nanchy.
"Our pitchers gave up too many walks and too many hits and put us too far behind for our offense to catch up," said DeYoung.
Trailing 19-3, UC Davis scored four runs in its half of the fifth as Breanna Adame, Megan De La Hoya and Lindsey Roark each had run-scoring hits. However, Minnesota starter Rene Konderick was able to get out of the inning. The game was stopped due to run-rule and Konderick improved her record to 3-1.
"We made some good plays defensively and we came back on them in the last inning," said DeYoung. "The team played for pride and I was proud of them.
"Minnesota is definitely a good team."
Stephanie Sward, Lindsey Erickson, Megan Higginbotham, Rachel Keeney and Katie Meyer each had two hits for the Golden Gophers while Roark finished 3 for 3 for the Aggies. Jenna Cresta had a double and two RBIs for UC Davis. Tognetti suffered the loss, dropping to 3-2.
UC Davis will play at UC San Diego on March 26 before traveling to face Grand Canyon on March 27.