March 27, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Catcher Megan Turman homered and first baseman Sue Yale tripled in Saturday's second game as UC Davis beat Grand Canyon, 5-3, earning a split of their California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader after the Antelopes won the opener 3-0.
UC Davis, which split a conference twinbill for the second straight day, is 19-13 overall and 16-8 in the CCAA. Grand Canyon, which is playing its first season of softball, is 14-10 and 12-8. Kristen Swetel tossed a four-hit shutout to lead Grand Canyon to the win in Saturday's opener.
The Aggies scored single runs in the second through fourth innings for a 3-0 lead in the nightcap, then tacked on two more in the sixth. The Aggies led 5-0 before the 'Lopes rallied for a run in the sixth and a two-run home run by Swetel in the seventh to help close the gap.
Freshman Lindsay Tognetti went the distance for UC Davis, improving her record to 4-3 after scattering eight hits, striking out four and walking three. Alexandra Hawley took the loss for Grand Canyon after giving up nine hits to the Aggies.
Turman hit her second homer of the season for UC Davis while Yale had a pair of RBIs and her first triple of the season. Freshman third baseman Nikki Sheldon doubled for one of her two hits, Michelle Malbon had a pair of hits, also knocking in a run, and Jessica Miller also had two hits. Shortstop Lindsey Roark singled for the Aggies' remaining hit.
Grand Canyon opened the day behind the pitching of Swetel, who limited UC Davis to just four hits. Senior Emily Hetzner and Malbon each had two for the Aggies with Malbon collecting a double. Otherwise, Swetel held UC Davis bats quiet, striking out seven and walking just one to improve her record to 6-5.
The Antelopes collected seven hits against UC Davis starter Amy Rosson, scoring single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings. Third baseman Heather Keepers had two hits with five other Antelope players picking up a hit each. First baseman Aracely Mendoza homered against Rosson on Saturday while Nicole Seymour doubled.
Rosson fell to 12-4 with the loss, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out seven. UC Davis, which had a nine-day layoff before resuming CCAA play this weekend, will take another break from conference action and travel to face Santa Clara on April 7.