Big Sixth Inning Propels Aggies To CCAA Softball Sweep Over UC San Diego

April 18, 2003

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DAVIS, Calif. - Fifth-ranked UC Davis scored eight runs in the sixth inning of Friday's second game on its way to a 10-3 win over UC San Diego and helping the Aggies to a sweep of their California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at LaRue Field.

UC Davis also came from behind in the opener, winning 4-1. The Aggies improved to 33-11 overall and 19-6 in the CCAA with the sweep, while UC San Diego dropped to 18-25 overall and 9-15 in the conference. UC Davis junior Amy Rosson pitched a four-hitter in the opener, while senior Susan Churchwell went the distance in the nightcap.

Trailing 3-2 in the second game, UC Davis scored eight runs on eight hits in the sixth inning, turning a 3-2 deficit into an 10-3 lead. Second baseman Kristin Herrera had a run-scoring triple to right, and Michelle Malbon and Sue Yale each had two-run singles to highlight the inning.

Kristin Hunstad's single to center scored Amy Mettee in the first inning, while Jamie Hurst singled in Jenny Spencer in the second as UC San Diego took an early 2-0 lead. However, Malbon homered to lead off the third and Herrera had an RBI single to left in the fifth as UC Davis tied the game. Breanne Cope's steal of home in the top of the sixth put the Tritons in the lead heading into the Aggies' big inning in the bottom half.

Malbon had three hits and knocked in three runs for UC Davis, while Yale, Churchwell and Herrera each had two hits. Yale and Herrera each had two RBIs as well. Churchwell scattered seven hits, striking out four and walking five while improving her record to 16-4. Jodie Bland suffered the loss, falling to 5-6. Cope had two hits to lead the Tritons.

"I'm proud of the team," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "They came back. We were down in the sixth but we didn't give up. It was a great team effort."



UC San Diego also led the opener, scoring in the third after a throwing error by UC Davis allowed Mettee to score from third. However, the Aggies also scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the third and then added two runs in the fourth when Malbon singled in one run and Herrera doubled in another. Catcher Megan Turman's eighth homer of the year leading off the sixth scored UC Davis' final run.

Rosson, meanwhile, was in charge at the mound, allowing just four hits while striking out five and walking only two. She improved her record to 16-6. Stephanie Kurz took the loss for UC San Diego, falling to 8-7. Herrera had a pair of hits for the Aggies, while four Tritons had a hit each.

"Amy threw a great game," said DeYoung. "It was one her best outings recently. Every inning she got ahead of the batters which really pleased me. Our pitchers did a great job today, especially coming of injuries. I have to give them a lot of credit."

UC Davis returns to action on Saturday, hosting Cal St., San Bernardino in a CCAA doubleheader at La Rue Field. First pitch is noon.