May 4, 2003
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Susan Churchwell homered in the first inning of Sunday's second game and struck out 11 batters from the mound, as No.17 UC Davis claimed its third consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association championship by sweeping Sonoma State, 6-0 and 6-2, in a softball twinbill at LaRue Field.
The Aggies, which entered the doubleheader with a one-game lead over Cal State Bakersfield, finished the regular season with a 44-14 overall record and a 25-7 mark in the CCAA. Sonoma State ended its season with a 16-38 record and a 9-19 conference mark.
Junior Amy Rosson pitched a four-hit shutout in the first game as UC Davis scored all six of its runs in the fourth inning.
"Winning the conference championship was the first goal," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung. "We accomplished that. Now we can move on to our next goals."
UC Davis, which has won or shared four of the past five CCAA titles, will await Monday's announcement of pairings and location for the NCAA Division II West Region Championships which begin Thursday. The Aggies will be making their 11th straight appearance in the postseason.
Churchwell - along with fellow seniors Jennifer Borrelli, Angie Linsenmeyer and Lindsay Moore - was playing her final regular-season games at LaRue Field on Sunday and made the most of her day. Churchwell had six strikeouts through the first three innings and then struck out five of the last six she faced, finishing the game with a season-high 11 strikeouts. She only allowed two hits and walked none before yielding to freshman Rachel Kelly for the final two innings. Churchwell improved her record to 21-6.
She also homered in the contest, going the opposite way to left for a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the first. It was her 11th home run of the season. Churchwell also grounded out to score another run in the third as UC Davis led, 3-0.
Shortstop Lindsey Roark hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, scoring Sue Yale and Moore as UC Davis collected three hits for its three runs. The Aggies had 10 hits in both games, getting a pair from Moore and Roark in the nightcap. Danielle McDavid, Audrey Rhyne, Monica Centoni and Linday Effler each had hits for Sonoma State.
Rosson was in charge in the opener, upping her record to 22-7 after striking out seven and walking none against the Seawolves. She allowed just one hit through the first three innings and didn't permit a runner past second during the game.
Rosson got all the run support she needed in the fourth as UC Davis scored six times on five hits and two Sonoma State errors. Shelly Malbon had an RBI single in the inning while Megan Turman and Kacey Sevier each added sacrifice flies.
Borrelli and Roark each had two hits for the Aggies, while Moore doubled. Centoni's two-run single in the sixth inning highlighted the Seawolves' offensive attack. Donna Callaway fell to 3-12 with the loss in the second game, while Sharleen Koenig took the defeat in the opener, dropping to 9-17.
"We had two really good games," said DeYoung. "We played solid so I was pleased. I'm glad we got to play because of the seniors. Our grounds crew (Kevin Galart and Cutberto Santana) did an awesome job getting the field ready to play today."
Sunday's doubleheader was originally scheduled for Saturday but persistent rain forced postponement to Sunday.
UC Davis finished a game ahead of Cal State Bakersfield in the CCAA standings. The Roadrunners swept UC San Diego on Sunday.