March 26, 2004
Press release courtesy UC San Diego Sports Information
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A four-run sixth-inning rally lifted the 19th-ranked UC San Diego softball team to a 5-3 second-game victory over defending NCAA Division II national champion UC Davis, earning the home side a split of Friday's California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader at Triton Softball Field. UC Davis captured game one, 3-0.
The second of freshman rightfielder Jenna Cresta's two home runs had given UC Davis a 3-1 advantage in the second contest and freshman pitcher Lindsay Tognetti had limited UCSD to just three hits through the first five frames before the Tritons came alive.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, junior Triton first baseman Jamie Hurst started the comeback with a walk. Sophomore shortstop Desiree Franciscus (Vista/Rancho Buena Vista HS) followed with an infield single and sophomore centerfielder Jenny Spencer (San Diego/Horizon HS) got aboard on an error. Senior pitcher Jodie Bland then drilled a triple down the rightfield line, clearing the bases and giving UCSD its first lead. Another Aggie error brought Bland home.
UC Davis loaded the bases with two gone in the top of the seventh, but Bland was able to retire senior designated player Michelle Malbon on a meek grounder to end the game, securing her ninth win against seven defeats. Tognotti (3-3) took the loss. The Aggies outhit the Tritons, 11-5.
Senior hurler Amy Rosson, a two-time All-American and two-time First Team All-CCAA selection, stifled UCSD on four hits in the opener, striking out four and improving her record to 12-3. UCSD's best chances came in the second and seventh innings. Twice, coach Patti Gerckens' club loaded the bases with one out but came up empty both times. Triton freshman Tina Rowe gave up eight hits and two earned runs while going the distance on the mound. The loss dropped her record to 7-2.
UCSD, which hosts another conference doubleheader with Chico State on Saturday at 1:00 PM, is now 19-12 on the year and 15-9 in CCAA play. UC Davis is 18-12 overall and 15-7 in the CCAA. The Aggies will play at Grand Canyon on Saturday.