May 9, 2003
BAKERSFIELD, Calif - Lindsay Moore and Sue Yale each hit two-run home runs Friday afternoon, and junior pitcher Amy Rosson went the distance on the mound for her 24th win, as third-seeded UC Davis upset top-seeded Cal State Bakersfield, 5-4, advancing to Saturday's championship game of the NCAA Division II West Regional Softball Championship.
UC Davis, which improved to 47-14, will play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against either Humboldt State or the host Roadrunners. Those teams square off in an elimination game at noon. The Aggies are the only unbeaten team remaining in the regional and must lose twice in order not to advance to next week's national championship tournament in Salem, Ore. If UC Davis is defeated on Saturday, a second game would follow on Sunday at 11 a.m.
The Aggies moved into the championship game by beating Cal State Bakersfield for just the second time in eight games this season and the first time on the Roadrunners' field.
"This was a huge win not only because it was against Bakersfield but because of where we are," said Aggie coach Kathy DeYoung. "We put ourselves in a great position but we still have to win one more game. We'd like to do it on Saturday."
UC Davis, which has hit five home runs in its three tournament games, got a pair of round-trippers on Friday against Cal State Bakersfield's Erin Kelly. Moore hit a two-run homer to right with one out in the third inning, scoring designated player Susan Churchwell, and giving the Aggies a 3-2 advantage after the Roadrunners had scored twice in the top half of the inning to take the lead. It was Moore's ninth homer of the year.
Yale's 10th round-tripper of the season came in the fifth after Moore was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Yale tried to sacrifice her to second on bunt attempts but was unsuccessful before swinging away. Her homer was a towering shot to left that cleared the fence 200 feet away by an estimated 50 feet and broke a 3-3 deadlock.
Cal State Bakersfield's Jenny Rios doubled in Renee Rubio in the sixth to bring the Roadrunners to within a run, but Rosson retired the last four batters of the game to earn her 24th win of the season, improving to 24-7. Rosson scattered seven hits in the game, struck out four and gave up just two walks against Cal State Bakersfield, which dropped to 51-18.
UC Davis pitchers Rosson and Susan Churchwell have earned three wins in the regional, helping the Aggies beat the top two seeded teams along the way.
"She did a nice job," said DeYoung of Rosson. "We have two quality pitchers. We really don't have a No.1 and and a No.2; we have two No.1's."
The Roadrunners scored twice on three hits in the third and added an unearned run in the fourth for their other three runs.
Jennifer Borrelli singled and scored a run in the first on a double by Moore, finishing the game with two hits, while Moore, Yale and Shelly Malbon also had two hits each in the Aggies' 10-hit attack. UC Davis led 1-0, trailed 2-1, led 3-2 and then was tied 3-3 before Yale's home run gave the Aggies the lead for good.
Rubio had two hits to lead the Roadrunners. Kelly gave up 10 hgits, walked just one and had two strikeouts, falling to 31-9.
UC Davis is looking to make its first appearance in the NCAA Finals since 2000, when it finished third nationally. The Aggies advanced to the final eight that season after winning the NCAA West Regional at Arcata. UC Davis has made it to the NCAA Finals four times, placing third each time.
Western New Mexico 6, Cal State Dominguez Hills 0, (CSDH eliminated)
Humboldt State 7, Western Washington 0, (WWU eliminated)
UC Davis 5, Cal State Bakersfield, 4
Humboldt State 4, Western New Mexico 1 (WNMU eliminated)
Humboldt State (44-17) vs. Cal State Bakersfield (51-18), noon
HSU/CSUB winner vs. UC Davis (47-14), 2:30 p.m. (if UCD loses, a second game will be played Sunday at 11 a.m.)