May 2, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Emily Hetzner, Susan Churchwell and Lindsay Moore each collected four hits Friday afternoon as No.17 UC Davis swept San Francisco State in a rainy California Collegiate Athletic Association softball doubleheader at LaRue Field.
The Aggies won the first game, 1-0, before taking the rain-shortened second game which was called in the fifth inning, 9-2. UC Davis improved to 42-14 overall and 23-7 in the CCAA, while San Francisco State dropped to 25-33 overall and 12-18 in the conference.
UC Davis maintained its one-game lead over Cal State Bakersfield and leads third-place Cal State Dominguez Hills by two games. Cal State Bakersfield swept Cal State San Bernardino on Friday while the Toros split with UC San Diego. All three leaders are scheduled to end the regular season with CCAA doubleheaders on Saturday.
"These were two good wins," said UC Davis Coach Kathy DeYoung. "We needed to get these. We weren't hitting the ball real solidly in the first game but we found a way to get a run. We pitched well and played good defense behind it."
Hetzner had a hit in the first game and then went 3-for-3 in the second, one of three Aggies who had four hits each on Friday. Churchwell, who earned the win in the nightcap, had a pair of hits in both games, while Moore was also 3-for-3 in the second game, adding a pair of RBIs. First baseman Sue Yale homered in the second game, her ninth of the season.
Amy Rosson pitched a five-hit shutout in the opener, striking seven batters through the first four innings and finishing the game with eight. The junior walked none, allowed only one extra-base hit - a double by Natalie Batista - and improved her record to 21-6.
San Francisco State had a chance to score in the third inning as Batista's double to right-center found the gap, but center-fielder Hetzner threw to second baseman Kacey Sevier whose throw to catcher Megan Turman cut down shortstop Chrissy Hildenbrandt who was trying to score from first.
UC Davis tallied the only run of the game in the fifth as Churchwell's single to left brought around Sevier, who led off the inning with a single.
Catcher Rachel Darrow had a pair of hits for the Gators, while Sonja Garnett scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two, dropping to 17-22.
In the second game, the Aggies scored four early runs off San Francisco State starter Holly Pearce, getting a two-run single from Yale in the first along with RBI singles from Turman and Shelly Malbon. Yale's two-run homer in the second inning off Garnett scored Moore and highlighted another four-run uprising by the Aggies.
Trailing 9-0 in the fifth, San Francisco State scored two runs on a pair of hits and two UC Davis errors. The game was called after the Gators at-bat due to the weather. Churchwell doubled for one of her three hits, Turman had two RBIs, Malbon had one and Yale knocked in four runs.
Churchwell earned the win, upping her record to 20-6, after striking out six, walking just two and giving up just three hits. She didn't give up a hit until Garnett doubled in the fourth. Erica Tianco and Michelle Villegas also had hits for San Francisco State.
UC Davis will try to clinch its third straight CCAA title and a share of at least its fourth in the past five seasons when it hosts Sonoma State on Saturday. First pitch at LaRue Field is noon.