April 14, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Lindsay Himmelspach's three-run double in the sixth inning rallied the Wildcats from a 2-1 deficit as Chico State managed a split with the 4-2 win over UC Davis in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at La Rue Field. In the day's first game, Emily Hetzner stole three bases and scored the game's only run as UC Davis came away with the 1-0 victory despite being no-hit by Wildcat starter Katie Stokx.
With the split the Aggies move to 21-19 on the season, 18-12 in CCAA play. Chico State goes to 21-22 overall, 13-17 in conference action.
In the first game, Stokx was in control as she did not allow a hit in the contest. In the third inning, Hetzner reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, she stole second then stole third as Wildcat catcher Jennifer Chacon threw to second to catch her off guard. When Chacon's throw went into the outfield, Hetzner came across with the game's only run.
That was all Aggie starter Amy Rosson needed as she limited the Wildcats to five hits and only allowed one runner past second base. Rosson faced trouble in the fourth when Kamala Kiffe doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on Allison Shirley's infield single. One out later, Rosson hit Nickie Jarret to load the bases, but she struck out Chacon and Kiffe was picked off third when catcher Megan Turman threw to Nikki Sheldon for the final out of the inning.
For the game Rosson struck out 11 batters while walking just one as he record improved to 13-6 this season.
Stokx ended the game with four walks, four strikeouts and just the one unearned run.
In the nightcap the Wildcats got on the board first in the second inning when Himmelspach's sacrifice bunt scored Kiffe from third. The Aggies tied it in the bottom of the third when Turman's bases loaded single to left scored Lindsey Roark. On the play Sheldon tried to score from second but was out at the plate on Amber Neves' throw from left field.
UC Davis went ahead in the fourth on Sue Yale's leadoff home run to left, her second home run of the season. The score remained 2-1 until the sixth when Chico loaded the bases with just one out. Aggie starter Rachel Kelly got Shirley to fly out to short right for the second out, but Himmelspach lined an 0-1 pitch to the fence in right, clearing the bases and giving Chico its final margin of victory.
Kelly went the distance for UC Davis, allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three. Offensively, the Aggies had just three hits in the contest, despite hitting a lot of balls hard all over the field. In addition to Yale and Turman, Roark's infield single was the only other Aggie hit.
Himmelspach finished the game with just one hit but knocked in all four RBIs. In all Chico had five hits in the contest to support starter Kristin Paese, who went the distance, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out five.
"We played well both games, Chico's a tough team," said Aggie head coach Kathy DeYoung. "Other than losing the second game, I was happy with our performance. We made progress today. Our pitchers did a good job and even though you can't see it in the linescores, we hit a lot of line drives and hit the ball hard.
"I thought Amy pitched well," DeYoung continued. "She was consistent in every inning and was in control the whole game. As a team we played a lot better today in all areas."
These same two teams will be in action on Friday with another doubleheader in Chico. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.
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