April 4, 2003
MODESTO, Calif. - Shortstop Lindsey Roark singled in two runs during a four-run second inning on Friday evening as No.4 UC Davis beat Chaminade (Hawaii), 5-0, enabling the Aggies to rebound from a 2-1 defeat to Humboldt State earlier in the day and gain a split of their first two games in pool play at the 2003 Easton Tournament of Champions.
UC Davis is 26-7 overall after Friday's first round of games, which were delayed six hours because of rain. Chaminade dropped to 6-19. Humboldt State, which had just three hits off Aggie starter Amy Rosson, is 28-14.
Susan Churchwell - who also homered in the first game - won her 12th straight decision on Friday with a three-hitter against Chaminade. Churchwell is 12-2.
Roark's single to left with one out in the second inning against Chaminade scored center-fielder Emily Hetzner and catcher Angie Linsenmeyer and helped the Aggies stretch their lead to 3-0. Churchwell added another single with two outs, scoring Roark and putting UC Davis on top, 4-0. Roark finished the scoring for UC Davis, doubling to center in the fourth and scoring Megan De La Hoya.
Churchwell did the rest from the mound, holding the Silverswords to a trio of singles by first baseman Jillian Umeda, right-fielder Amber Bareswill and left-fielder Shanelle Yamane. Churchwell finished the game with nine strikeouts and just one walk. Roark, Churchwell and De La Hoya each had two hits for UC Davis.
The victory helped the Aggies balance a loss to Humboldt State earlier in the day, a game which saw the Lumberjack score three unearned runs off Rosson. Churchwell's third homer of the year gave the Aggies a 1-0 lead in the third, but Humboldt was able to take advantage of two UC Davis errors in the sixth inning to score two runs for a 2-1 lead. Andrea Williams had the big hit in the inning, tripling to right field to score one run, while Lacey Cope reached on another error, bringing across Williams with the second run.
UC Davis twice put runners at third base in the game, but could not push across any more runs. The Aggies had seven hits in the opener, including two by Churchwell. Rosson dropped to 13-5, striking out five batters and walking three to go with giving up just three hits.
UC Davis returns to action at the 19-team tournament - being played at Rainbow Fields and hosted by Cal State Stanislaus - on Saturday with games against Seattle at 8 a.m., Western Washington at 10:15 a.m., and Saint Martin's (Wash.) at 2:45 p.m. The tournament concludes on Sunday.
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