March 25, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Meredith Cervenka picked up her school-record 66th career win as Long Beach State beat UC Davis 8-0 in the first game on Friday while Marcel Torres threw a one-hit shutout in a 5-0 victory in the second as the 49ers swept the Aggies in a nonconference softball doubleheader.
UC Davis, playing its first games after a 10-day break for final exams, is 5-25 overall. Long Beach State, which received votes this week for the national top 25 poll, is 19-12. Friday's first game was stopped in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule.
Cervenka earned her record win while holding the Aggies to just two hits in the opener. She struck out six and walked two, improving her record to 11-6. Cervenka broke the school record of 65, set by Stacey Van Essen from 1991-94.
Long Beach State scored a pair of runs in the second and fourth innings, adding four more in the fifth to post the victory. Jonae Perez had two hits, including a double, to lead the 49ers' seven-hit attack while catcher Brooke LeSage had a RBI double. She had two RBI's during the game.
UC Davis pitcher Rachel Kelly fell to 3-6 with the loss, allowing seven runs, just four of them earned however. She walked two and struck out none. UC Davis had three errors in the game.
Torres threw a one-hitter in the nightcap, holding the Aggies without a hit until third baseman Nikki Sheldon led off the fourth with a double. Torres struck out 10 and walked just one, moving her record to 8-6.
Long Beach State picked up all of its runs in the third inning when it scored five times. Tiffanie Wedell and Torres each had RBI singles in the frame while the 49ers scored twice more on bases-loaded walks. Lindsay Tognetti started the game for UC Davis before being relieved by Kelly during the 49ers' rally. Tognetti suffered the loss for UC Davis.
The teams will conclude their three-game series with a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday.
Sunday's schedule set at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
Rain, field conditions force cancellation of Saturday's games
Shutout victory helps softball secure split
Aggies fall in season's first
Farm vs. Farm matchup