Shutout Pitching Paces Aggies To Sweep Over Warriors

April 30, 2004

UC Davis 3, Cal St. Stanislaus 0 (Box Score)
UC Davis 1, Cal St. Stanislaus 0 (Box Score)

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior pitcher Amy Rosson and freshman hurler Lindsay Tognetti posted back-to-back shutouts on Friday afternoon as UC Davis swept Cal State Stanislaus by scores of 1-0 and 3-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at La Rue Field.

The sweep, which improves the Aggies' overall record to 26-24 and their CCAA mark to 21-13, guarantees UC Davis at least a .500 record for the 15th consecutive year heading into Saturday's season-ending twinbill. Cal State Stanislaus dropped to 20-35 overall and 11-23 in the CCAA.

"The story was both of our pitchers threw well," said UC Davis coach Kathy De Young. "The defense played well behind them and we got the runs when we needed them."

Rosson, who improved to 17-8 overall, saw her earned run average drop to 0.74 after posting her 13th shutout of the season. She struck out 11 batters and walked just two and didn't allow a hit until Antonia Sanchez singled up the middle with two out in the fifth.

Rosson allowed only one runner to reach second base, that coming in the sixth when the Warriors posted three hits. She struck out the side in the second, third and seventh innings.

Michelle Malbon gave the Aggies the only lead they would need when she homered to deep left-center field to lead off the bottom of the third. The homer was her first of the year. A squeeze bunt from Sue Yale with one out in the fourth scored Jessica Miller from third while catcher Megan Turman came around to score on the play after the throw trying to get her at third skipped away.

Tognetti was in control throughout the second game, picking up her first shutout of the season. She scattered just six hits in the complete game, walked only two and struck out eight while upping her record to 6-5.

Tognetti held a 1-0 lead in the second when Cal State Stanislaus loaded the bases on two hits and a walk with no outs. However, Tognetti struck out Sanchez, got an infield grounder to retire Jackie Miller at the plate for the second out and then got Precious Olvera to fly out to center to end the inning. "That was huge," said DeYoung about Tognetti getting out of the jam.

Cal State Stanislaus put runners in scoring position at second base in the third fourth and sixth innings, but Tognetti was able to retire the side each time, preserving the shutout.

"Lindsay threw the ball well today," said DeYoung. "She got herself out of a big jam and got ground balls when she needed them. It was one of her best efforts."

Miller, Turman, Yale and Malbon each had hits in the first game for UC Davis, while Emily Hetzner and Turman each had a pair in the second. Miller also had a single in the second game. Ali Bailie, Audrey Marsteller, Miller and Sanchez singled in the opener for the Warriors while Martseller and Pebbel Prestwood each had two hits in the nightcap. Marsteller had a double as did Heather Suarez.

Nikki Bartley pitched a four-hitter with two strikeouts in the first game for Cal State Stanislaus as her record dropped to 11-17. Miller gave up five hits in the second game and was the hard-luck loser, striking out 10 and walking just two. She fell to 7-16.

UC Davis finishes its season on Saturday when the Aggies host conference leader Cal State Bakersfield at noon at La Rue Field. It'll be the final collegiate games for six Aggie seniors, who will be recognized before the doubleheader.