April 2, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Sophomore Megan Turman hit a walk-off, two-run homer with two outs in the 11th inning on Wednesday as No.4 UC Davis beat Hawaii Pacific, 4-2, completing a sweep of their non-conference softball doubleheader at LaRue Field.
UC Davis improved to 25-6 overall, while Hawaii Pacific dropped to 18-16. Freshman Rachel Kelly earned her first career win, throwing 7.2 innings of relief pitching and out-dueling the Sea Warriors' Jessica Parra, who went the distance for Hawaii Pacific.
The Aggies twice rallied from single-run deficits in the nightcap, including the eighth inning. In the 11th, senior Jennifer Borrelli moved to second base with one out after a pickoff attempt to first resulted in the ball being thrown into right field. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored an out later on Turman's fifth home run of the year.
The home run ended a game which featured nine errors, six by Hawaii Pacific and three by the Aggies. Kelly, who entered the game having pitched just three innings this season, relieved starter Susan Churchwell in the fourth inning with UC Davis trailing, 1-0. She pitched the rest of the way, allowing just three hits, striking out nine and walking three. The only run she gave up came in the eighth after Hawaii Pacific scored on two hits and an error. Jamie Reyes scored on a wild pitch in third inning for Hawaii Pacific's first run.
Behind 2-1 in their half of the eighth, the Aggies tied the game for the second time after an infield error allowed pinch-runner Jessica Miller to score from second with one out.
Third baseman Lindsay Moore doubled twice and junior Shelly Malbon also had two hits. Yale doubled for one of her two hits. Parra struck out only two but walked just one while scattering eight hits in nearly 11 innings of pitching.
Four runs in the first inning of the opener allowed UC Davis to strike quick in the doubleheader. Borrelli tripled to left and scored on Churchwell's single, Turman reached on a fielder's choice and Moore walked, setting up Yale who slammed her fifth home run of the year. The homer went to left and came off of Hawaii Pacific starter Malia Sullivan. Roark scored on an infield error in the second inning as UC Davis went up 5-0.
The run support was more than enough for Rosson, who finished the game allowing just two hits - a single up the middle in the first inning by Brandy Choy Foo and single in the sixth by second baseman Tascha Berinobis. Rosson improved to 13-4 this season after striking out 10 and walking only one. It was her third two-hitter of the year.
Borrelli had three hits for the Aggies, while Churchwell, Yale and Malbon each had two with Malbon collecting a double for one of hers. Sullivan gave up a walk and had two strikeouts, giving up 11 hits. Both Sullivan and Parra fell to 7-6.
UC Davis, ranked No.1 in the initial NCAA West Region Poll released earlier Wednesday, will play games on Friday against Saint Martin's (Wash.) and Humboldt State to open the Easton Tournament of Champions, being hosted by Cal State Stanislaus at Rainbow Fields in Modesto. The Aggies will also play three pool play games on Saturday. Hawaii Pacific will also participate in the tournament.