Aggies And Toros Slugfest Halted By Darkness

April 11, 2003

Box Score

CARSON, Calif. - Senior Susan Churchwell and sophomore Megan Turman each slammed a pair of home runs on Friday as No.5 UC Davis beat host Cal State Dominguez Hills, 7-5, in the first game of their California Collegiate Athletic Association doubleheader, and then battled the Toros to a 10-10 score in the second game which was halted after six innings due to darkness.

UC Davis, which improved to 31-9 overall and 17-4 in the CCAA with the nine-inning win in the opener, picked up a game in the standings against the second-place Toros, who dropped to 28-10-1 overall and 16-7 in the conference. The suspended game will be completed at a later date, likely at the Mountain Dew Classic at Cal State Bakersfield later this month.

The teams combined for 32 runs and 37 hits in the 15 innings of action, including hitting six home runs. Turman hit a pair in the first game, while Churchwell had one in each. Pitcher Kim O'Hanian and Valerie Long each homered in the second game for the Toros.

UC Davis led 4-1 in the first game before the Toros scored four runs on three hits and two errors in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-4 lead. Churchwell, however, homered with one out in the seventh to tie the game and then pitched a scoreless bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Churchwell had relieved Aggie starter Amy Rosson with two outs in the sixth.

In the top of the ninth, Turman hit her second homer of the game, this one a two-run shot with no outs that also plated pinch-runner Jessica Miller. Turman had earlier led off the second with a long ball as well. Churchwell then put the Toros down in order, recording the win and upping her record to 15-3.

Churchwell and Turman each went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for UC Davis, while right-fielder Shelly Malbon had two hits. Shortstop Natalie Sharp and O'Hanian each had two hits for Cal State Dominguez Hills. O'Hanian suffered the loss, pitching the final three innings of the game.



In the - literally - nightcap, UC Davis trailed 4-2 entering the third inning, but Churchwell homered again - her seventh of the season - helping to ignite a four-run inning which was also highlighted by a two-run double from catcher Angie Linsenmeyer. After O'Hanian's two-run homer in the bottom of the third tied the score, 6-6, UC Davis tallied four more runs in the fourth, getting RBI singles from Kristin Herrera and Emily Hetzner.

Churchwell, who gave up six runs and seven hits through the first three innings, was relieved by freshman Rachel Kelly in the fourth. The Toros scored three times in the fifth on a three-run homer from Long to make it 10-9, then tied it in the sixth on an infield error. The potential go-ahead run was cut down at the plate when third baseman Lindsay Moore threw out Johana Orozco with one out.

Shortstop Lindsey Roark, Linsenmeyer and Herrera each doubled for the Aggies while first baseman Sue Yale collected a pair of singles. Danielle Proctor, Renee Snyder and O'Hanian each had two hits for the Toros.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday when they visit No.17 Cal State Bakersfield for a CCAA doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.