April 26, 2003
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Sophomore Megan Turman homered twice for No.17 UC Davis on Saturday as the Aggies lost to No.5 Western New Mexico, 4-2, before beating UC San Diego, 4-0, at the Mountain Dew Classic, being hosted by Cal State Bakersfield.
UC Davis began its day with an 11-10 conference loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills in a game that had been suspended because of darkness on April 11 tied, 10-10, after six innings. Both the Aggies and Toros are participating in the Mountain Dew Classic, providing the opportunity for them to finish the halted matchup.
With the trio of outcomes, UC Davis is 38-13 overall and 21-7 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Aggies lead Cal State Dominguez Hills by one game with four remaining. In the Bakersfield tournament, UC Davis finished pool play with a 3-1 record and will participate on Sunday in single-elimination playoff action. The Aggies will face Cal State Dominguez Hills in the championship quarterfinals at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
Saturday's matchup against the fifth-ranked Mustangs was a showdown of the NCAA Division II West Region's top two ranked teams. Western New Mexico was able to gain revenge for a loss earlier this season against the top-ranked Aggies by scoring twice in the first inning on Saturday and two more times in the seventh.
The Mustangs only had four hits, but they were enough to hold off the Aggies, whose only offense came from Turman. Playing in her hometown, Turman finished 3 for 3 in the game, hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh that cut Western New Mexico's lead in half.
Senior Susan Churchwell took the loss for the Aggies, falling to 18-5, after allowing just the four hits to go with three stirkeouts and five walks. Freshman Rachel Kelly pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Aggies.
UC Davis, however, rebounded against UC San Diego, beating the Tritons for the third time in the past eight days. The Aggies got all the offense they would need early on, scoring four times in the third inning. Turman homered in that game as well - her only hit of the game - while Churchwell finished 3 for 4 with a double and a RBI.
Junior Amy Rosson secured her team-high 19th win, improving to 19-6 after allowing just two hits, walking only two and striking out eight.
Sunday's championship is set for 2 p.m.