April 19, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Sue Yale and Susan Churchwell each homered in the first game and Churchwell tossed a one-hit shutout in the five-inning nightcap as No.5 UC Davis swept Cal St., San Bernardino, 9-1 and 8-0, in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at LaRue Field on Saturday afternoon.
Both games ended due to the eight-run rule; the first game going six innings and the second game finishing in the fifth.
The Aggies ran their winning streak to four games, improving to 35-11 overall and remain in first place in the CCAA with a 21-6 record. Cal St., San Bernardino fell to 11-40 overall and 7-19 in the conference.
UC Davis, the top-ranked team in the latest NCAA Division II West Region rankings, pounded 25 hits in 10 at-bats Saturday, including seven extra-base hits. Churchwell had one of those with a solo home run to right-center field fence of Diana Sutton in the fourth inning of the opener, her ninth of the year. The game ended two innings later when Yale hit a two-run homer to center off Sutton, putting the Aggies up 9-1 and ending the game on the run rule.
Catcher Megan Turman's triple to left scored Kristin Herrera with UC Davis' first run and a four-run outburst in the second - highlighted by Jennifer Borrelli's two-run triple - made it 5-0, accounting for the Aggies' other runs.
Junior Amy Rosson pitched her second consecutive win, scattering six hits and striking out six while walking just one. She improved to 17-6. Kristen Garcia had a pair of hits for the Coyotes, while Sutton took the loss, falling to 6-11.
Yale finished the game with three hits, while Churchwell, Turman and third baseman Lindsay Moore each had a pair in UC Davis' 15-hit attack.
In the nightcap, Churchwell faced just one batter over the minimum through the first 4.1 innings before relief pitcher Jamie Killeen hit a one-out double in the fifth to left-center field. That was the Coyotes' only hit against Churchwell, who ended the game with no walks and three strikeouts. Churchwell improved to 17-4, winning her second game of the weekend.
UC Davis led 2-0 before scoring five runs in the third, the first on an RBI single by Churchwell, two more on RBI hits from Moore and Michelle Malbon, and the final two on a double by Emily Hetzner. UC Davis had five hits in the inning, half of its total for the game. Churchwell and Moore each had two hits.
"These were two good wins," said UC Davis coach Kathy DeYoung. "We played well in all three phases of our game which is our goal each week. Both our pitchers threw well today. Coming off of injuries, not only did they come back to be able to pitch, but they pitched well."
UC Davis will take a break from CCAA play next weekend to participate in the Mountain Dew Classic at Cal State Bakersfield. The tournament begins on Friday and concludes Sunday afternoon.