Explosive Offense Powers Roadrunners Past Aggies

Kate Hansen, who started the year as a redshirt, made her collegiate debut with 8.1 innings of relief for UC Davis' injury-plagued pitching staff.
 
Kate Hansen, who started the year as a redshirt, made her collegiate debut with 8.1 innings of relief for UC Davis' injury-plagued pitching staff.
 
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif.-- Cal State Bakersfield pounded out 25 hits -- including eight for extra bases -- to sweep UC Davis, 10-5 and 7-1, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at the Roadrunner Softball Complex Saturday.

The Aggies, ranked fifth nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, drop to 31-11 on the season and 17-6 in league. The 17th-ranked Roadrunners improve to 36-16 and 18-8, having won eight straight outings.

For CSUB, outfielder Amber Mills, catcher Tara Licuanan and shortstop Renee Rubio each had four base hits for the day. UC Davis was led offensively by outfielder Jennifer Borrelli, who had four hits for the twinbill; and pitcher and designated player Susan Churchwell, who launched a pair of home runs in the Aggies' Game 1 loss.

The Roadrunners kicked off the doubleheader with 9-0 start to the first game. The first four CSUB batters reached in a three-run first inning, highlighted by an RBI double by Amber Miller and a solo shot by Licuanan off Aggie starter Amy Rosson. The 'Runners piled up six more runs on four hits in the second inning, helped by a two-out, two-RBI single by Candace Pillado.

Aggie pitcher Kate Hansen made her first appearance of the year, relieving Rachel Kelly after Pillado's hit. She finished the opener by allowing just one more run in 4.1 innings of work.

"Kate Hansen has been a redshirt batting-practice pitcher for us," said UC Davis head coach Kathy DeYoung. "She came through, she finished both games and did a great job. She got hit some, but she was throwing strikes and kept us in the game."


 

 

Borrelli hit 3-for-4 in the opener while third baseman Lindsay Moore rapped out a pair of doubles. Churchwell launched a two-run homer to right center as part of a two-run Aggie third, then led off the seventh inning with a solo blast down the left field line for her second home run of the day. Catcher Megan Turman also had a two-run shot in the UC Davis fifth, scoring Borrelli.

Erin Kelly earned a complete-game win for CSUB, allowing 11 hits and fanning five in seven innings. Rosson, who has missed recent starts due to injury, took the Game 1 loss, lasting just 0.1 innings. Her lone out came from Mills' unsuccessful attempt to stretch her double.

Bakersfield opened the nightcap in similar fashion to Game 1, scoring one run in the first inning then four in the second. 'Runner pitcher Christie Hill knocked out an RBI single in the first to take an early lead, but the Aggies countered with a run in the second on consecutive singles by Moore, Sue Yale and Angie Linsenmeyer. In the bottom of the second, CSUB responded with five hits. Licuanan's double to right scored a pair of runs, then Hill further helped her cause with a two-out RBI double.

The 'Runners added one run in the fourth inning on a solo homer by Lynn Kraftschik, then put up one more score in the fifth despite loading the bases for Mills.

Linsenmeyer led UC Davis with two hits and her team's lone RBI in the nightcap. Susan Churchwell took the loss, surrendering seven hits and four earned runs in two complete innings. Hansen finished the game for the Aggies, allowing four hits and two walks in four innings.

UC Davis returns home for doubleheaders against UC San Diego and Cal St. San Bernardino on April 18 and 19.