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,
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.