April 5, 2003
MODESTO, Calif. - Fourth-ranked UC Davis had six extra-base hits Saturday afternoon against Saint Martin's (Wash.) - including a pair of home runs - as the Aggies beat the Saints, 11-2, finishing the second day of the 2003 Easton Tournament of Champions at Rainbow Fields with two wins in three games.
UC Davis, which opened the tournament by winning one of two games on Friday, blanked Seattle University, 10-0, on Saturday morning before dropping a 3-2 game to Western Washington later. The Aggies, 28-8 overall, finished pool play with a 3-2 record. Single-elimination playoff brackets will be contested on Sunday.
Junior Amy Rosson tossed a one-hitter against Seattle, and then combined with freshman Rachel Kelly on a four-hitter against Saint Martin's. Senior Susan Churchwell suffered the loss to the Vikings, ending a streak in which she had won 12 straight decisions. It was her first loss since the opening weekend of the season in early February.
The Aggies collected 24 hits in their combined wins, capping the day with an outburst against Saint Martin's. UC Davis had six extra-base hits in the game, including home runs from Churchwell and third baseman Lindsay Moore, triples from Shelly Malbon and Megan Turman, and doubles from Moore and Kristin Herrera.
Churchwell's homer - her third of the tournament - was a solo shot in the third and her second of the day after also homering against Western Washington. Her homer tied the game with Saint Martin's, 2-2, and was part of a two-run inning in which the Aggies took the lead for good. Leading 3-2, UC Davis scored five times in the fifth inning and three times in the sixth with Moore highlighting the final stanza with a three-run home run. That homer ended the game due to the eight-run rule.
Kelly pitched the first three innings of the game before being relieved by Rosson, who pitched the final three. Kelly allowed just three hits and struck out two while Rosson gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out five.
Rosson, who improved to 15-5 with two wins on Saturday, was also strong against Seattle, striking out eight and walking only three. The only hit she allowed was a double to right by Marjaleno Santos with one out in the fifth.
UC Davis gave her plenty of offensive support, scoring twice in each of the first two innings for a 4-0 lead. A single run in the sixth put the Aggies up, 5-0, while a five-run outburst in the seventh put the game out of reach. Right-fielder Shelly Malbon had four hits and knocked in three runs for the Aggies, collecting a two-run double in the seventh. Jessica Miller and Marci Hill also doubled for UC Davis, which had 13 hits in the game. Moore had a pair of hits and two RBIs.
Western Washington scored two runs against Churchwell in the first inning of their matchup on Saturday and then added one in the bottom of the sixth after the Churchwell's homer in the top half of the inning made it, 2-1.
UC Davis loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against the Vikings' Amanda Grant, scoring a run on center-fielder Emily Hetzner's infield grounder. However, after a walk to shortstop Lindsey Roark, Grant was able to get an infield pop-up to end the game.
Grant gave up just two hits - Malbon also singled for the Aggies - struck out seven and walked four. Churchwell - who suffered her first loss since Feb. 2 - had four strikeouts and three walks, scattering five hits. Jodie Rock had two hits for the Vikings.
Malbon had a big day for UC Davis, finishing seven for 10 with five RBIs. Moore knocked in six runs with her four hits, while Churchwell had four RBIs. Rosson pitched 10 scoreless innings on the mound.
The top two teams in each of the four pools after Saturday night's conclusion of pool play will vie for the Gold Championship on Sunday,five teams will play for the Silver Championship and the remaining teams will play a consolation game. UC Davis, 3-2 after pool play, will learn its matchup for Sunday after Saturday's late games are completed.
The Gold Championship is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday.