April 27, 2003
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Thirteenth-ranked Cal State Bakersfield scored two runs in both the first and sixth innings Sunday afternoon, downing No.17 UC Davis, 4-1, to claim the championship of the Mountain Dew Classic at North Rosedale Park.
The Aggies advanced to the tournament finals by beating Cal State Dominguez Hills, 6-1, in the quarterfinals and Cal State Stanislaus, 5-2, in the semifinals. The 2-1 day improved UC Davis' record to 40-14 the Aggies their fifth consecutive 40-win season. The Aggies have accomplished the feat eight of the past nine years.
The host Roadrunners, who beat UC Davis in a tournament final for the second time this season, improved to 46-17.
Hits by Christie Hill and Tara Licuana, coupled with a pair of errors by UC Davis, contribued to a pair of runs by Cal State Bakersfield in the first inning. The Roadrunners added two more runs in the sixth on a two-run home run by Amber Mills. The Aggies scored their only run in the third when pitcher Susan Churchwell singled, allowing Kristin Herrera to score after a throwing error.
Jessica Miller had two hits to lead the Aggies, while Candace Pillado had a pair for Cal State Bakersfield.
The Aggies advanced to the tournament championship after hitting three homers in the semifinals against Cal State Stanislaus. The Aggies got roundtrippers by first baseman Sue Yale, Miller and shortstop Lindsay Roark, helping them to the 5-2 win. The trio of home runs gave UC Davis 42 for the season, tyring the school record set in 1997.
UC Davis led just 1-0 before adding three runs in the fourth and then adding a single run in the sixth. Junior Amy Rosson allowed just four hits and had 11 strikeouts in the win, improving her mark to 20-7. Emily Hetzner and Churchwell each had two hits in the Aggies' 10-hit attack. Sephora Scoubes had two hits for the Warriors, who dropped to 29-23.
UC Davis opened the day with a 6-1 win against Cal State Dominguez Hills, which trails the Aggies by just a single game in the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings. UC Davis trailed 1-0 in the fourth, but Yale's singled up the middle scored Megan Turman, who doubled to lead off the inning. Tied, 1-1, a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Moore in the fifth gave the Aggies a 2-1 advantage, while a four-run sixth inning - highlighted by two-run double by Jennifer Borrelli secured the game for UC Davis. The Toros fell to 33-14-1.
Churchwell gave up just five hits, struck out four and walked only one, earning the complete-game win. She earned recognition on the all-tournament team, along with Moore and Rosson.
UC Davis finishes the regular season with CCAA doubleheaders on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against San Francisco State and Saturday at noon against Sonoma State.