April 2, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Cal State Northridge rallied for three runs in the fifth inning for a 3-2 win in the opener on Saturday while Jan Moshier highlighted a 3-0 victory with a home run in the nightcap as the Matadors swept a nonconference softball doubleheader from UC Davis on Saturday at La Rue Field.
UC Davis dropped to 5-28 overall with its sixth straight defeat while the Matadors won their third straight an improved to 13-10. Kia Fennell had a save in the first game and earned the shutout with a three-hit shutout in the second for Cal State Northridge while Megan De La Hoya had a pair of doubles in the opener for the Aggies.
UC Davis led the Matadors 1-0 in the first game after catcher Ashley Johnson singled home De La Hoya in the first inning after De La Hoya led off the inning with a long double to center. Starting pitcher Rachel Kelly made that stand up through the first four innings as the M
atadors stranded seven runners early on. However, Emilee Moores tripled to left with one out in the fifth, igniting a three-run rally. Moshier singled in pinch-runner Jen Whitcomb, shortstop Jenny Cochran hit a sacrifice fly against relief pitcher Stacey Benzing and pitcher Erin Sigala singled to left to score another.
The Aggies countered in the bottom half of the inning after De La Hoya doubled to left, moving Marie Davies over to third who had reached on a fielder's choice. Senior Megan Turman then singled to left, scoring Davies. Fennel, though, came on to relieve Erin Sigala and got the final two outs, stranding De La Hoya at third with the tying run.
Fennell then retired the final six Aggie batters to pick up her first save. Kelly took the loss, falling to 3-7 while Sigala improved to 4-5.
Cal State Northridge jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the nightcap on a single to left by Darcy Hillstrom and then added two more an inning later when Moshier hit her team-best fifth homerun of the season with a long ball to left-center field. The homer also score Moores, who also reached on an error. UC Davis had four errors in the second game leading to a pair of unearned runs.
Stacey Benzing had a pair of singles in the second game while third baseman Nikki Sheldon doubled to left in the fourth. Fennell earned the win for the Matadors, striking out eight and walking just one while giving up just the three hits. Lindsay Tognetti suffered the tough loss for UC Davis, scattering seven hits, walking only one and striking out seven.
Cochran had a pair of hits for Cal State Northridge while Moores doubled twice.
Aggie coach Karen Matteson said De La Hoya was a bright spot.
"I think Megan did a terrific job at the plate," she said. "I think she really set the table for our offense."
UC Davis and Cal State Northridge will finish their three-game weekend series with a noon matchup at La Rue Field on Sunday.