March 29, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Designated player Megan Turman and third baseman Lindsay Moore each homered in the second game Saturday as No.4 UC Davis beat Chico State, 11-3, enabling the Aggies to gain a split of their California Collegiate Athletic Association softball twinbill after the Wildcats won the opener with a 5-2 victory at LaRue Field.
UC Davis, which hadn't played since March 12, is 23-6 overall and 16-4 in the CCAA, while Chico State moved its record to 14-15 overall and 5-13 in the conference. The second game was called in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule. Wildcats pitcher Katie Stokx struck out nine and allowed just five hits, improving her record to 8-6 after winning the first game, while Aggies starter Susan Churchwell scattered seven hits in the nightcap, upping her record to 11-2.
After dropping the opener, UC Davis scored quickly in the second game, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the first after an RBI single from Churchwell that scored Jennifer Borrelli and a two-strike three-run shot from Turman off Amber Neves. With her team leading 5-0 in the third, Moore punctuated her day with a two-run homer to left that scored Turman, who doubled. It was Moore's sixth home run of the season.
Chico rallied to score three times in the fifth, highlighted by an RBI single from shortstop Megan Farnham and a sacrifice fly from Stephanie Manning. The Aggies responded in the bottom half of the inning, tallying four runs on a pair of hits and two errors. Catcher Angie Linsenmeyer and Emily Hetzner each had RBIs in the inning, which ended the game after UC Davis went up by eight runs.
Churchwell struck out four and walked four, winning her 11th straight game, one shy of the school record set by teammate Amy Rosson last season. UC Davis had 11 hits in the game, including a pair of doubles from first baseman Sue Yale. Churchwell, Turman, Moore and Yale each had two hits in the game.
Third baseman Kamala Kiffe had two hits for the Wildcats while first baseman Amy Biersch doubled. Amber Neves allowed five hits and five runs in the second game, falling to 3-7, before being relieved by Emily McDermont.
In the opener, Farnham tripled in two runs and Stokx singled in one as Chico State scored three times in the third for a 3-0 lead. A squeeze bunt by Ashley Andersen highlighted a two-run fifth for the Wildcats. Moore doubled in Turman and Megan De La Hoya in the sixth inning, accounting for the Aggies' two runs.
"In the first game, it was a lack of focus at times," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "It wasn't a lack of effort. We just didn't seem sharp. I think we did a better job in the second game. I think we did a lot of good things."
UC Davis starter Amy Rosson's record dropped to 12-4 after allowing seven hits and five runs. She walked four and struck out seven. Moore had two hits for UC Davis, including a double, while Stokx had a pair of hits for Chico State.
The Aggies return to action on Wednesday, hosting Hawaii Pacific in a non-conference doubleheader at LaRue Field beginning at 1:30 p.m.