May 1, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Christie Hill pitched a pair of complete-game wins on Saturday as Cal State Bakersfield claimed its first California Collegiate Athletic Association championship since 2000 as the No. 19 Roadrunners beat UC Davis 4-3 and 3-0 in a softball doubleheader at La Rue Field.
UC Davis concluded its season with a 26-26 overall record and 21-15 mark in the CCAA while Cal State Bakersfield improved to 44-18 overall and 25-11 in the conference action. The Aggies, who were ineligible to win the CCAA title or advance to the postseason due to their reclassification to NCAA Division I status, had won the past three CCAA championships.
The Roadrunners entered the day with a one-game lead over UC San Diego and a two-game advantage over UC Davis, but claimed the title outright after the Tritons lost a pair of games at San Francisco State.
Hill pitched the Roadrunners to the sweep on Saturday, thowing just 67 pitches in the first game and then scattering eight hits in the nigthcap. The two wins upped her record to 19-9 on the season.
Cal State Bakersfield scored early in the first game as Hill helped her own cause with a leadoff triple against Aggie All-American pitcher Amy Rosson. She scored when catcher Tara Licuanan dropped a squeeze bunt.
The score stayed that way until the fourth when Hill's sacrifice fly to center scored Amber Mills with the second run. Carrie Hilvers' RBI double in the fifth made it 3-0 before Michelle Malbon singled in Megan Turman with UC Davis' first run in the fifth.
Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, UC Davis made it interesting when senior Sue Yale - one of six Aggie seniors playing their final games - homered off Hill with no outs, scoring Turman who had doubled. Hill, however, retired the next three batters to record the win.
Hill finished with one strikeout in the first game and no walks. Rosson, whose game marked the end of a tremendous UC Davis career in which she finished in several career and season leaders lists, gave up nine hits. She struck out three and walked just one, finishing with a 17-9 record.
Turman had two doubles for the Aggies while Kianna Urbanski had three for the Roadrunners and Hilvers had two.
Hill was nearly as efficient in the second game, not giving up a walk again and posting a strikeout. She got all the offense she needed in the first inning when third baseman Katie King singled in Jenny Rios. An infield single by Rios in the second inning scored another run for Cal State Bakersfield while a first-and-third situation in the seventh resulted in an infield error by UC Davis on a steal attempt, allowing pinch-runner Adrianna Avila to score.
Three times UC Davis got basehits with two outs, but each time no runners were on base, allowing the Roadrunners to keep the shutout. Sophomore Rachel Kelly, who dropped to 3-12 with the loss, pitched the complete game for UC Davis, giving up seven hits, striking out three and walking five.
"I was pleased how the team came back at the end of the first game," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung. "I don't think we played particularly well in the second game but you have to give Cal Staet Bakersfield credit; they're a pretty solid team."
UC Davis finished its season 26-26, securing a 15th straight season with at least a .500 record.
"We didn't have the offense we had last year so we had to play good defense and pitch well," said DeYoung about the season. "We had to also play a lot of pressure defense. Given all that, we did a pretty good job."
The doubleheader marked the final career games for seniors Sue Yale, Emily Hetzner, Lindsey Roark, Sevier, Rosson and Malbon; a group that helped lead UC Davis to three CCAA titles, three berths in the NCAA postseason and the program's first-ever NCAA Division II championship in 2003.