Feb. 13, 2002
DAVIS, Calif. - The Santa Clara University softball team defeated Division II No. 5 UC Davis 5-4 behind two home runs from freshman Lacey Smale and sophomore Rachel Sherman to open a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday at LaRue Field. The Aggies took the nightcap by a 5-0 score. With the split, the Broncos move to 6-5 on the season while UC Davis is now 6-4.
The homeruns today doubled last year's season total, as the Broncos led 4-1 before the Aggies rallied to tie it in the fifth. Smale's homer to right off Aggie starter Susan Churchwell in the first inning also scored third baseman Kristi Harrington for a quick 2-0 lead, while Sherman's solo blast to right-center in the fourth made it 4-1. Smale also had in infield RBI-single in the third.
UCD Jenny Hall's run-scoring double in the second brought home Megan Turman with UC Davis' first run. Turman singled in Lindsay Moore with another run in the fourth, and Suzanne Yale's RBI single in the fifth highlighted a two-run inning that tied the game, 4-4. Santa Clara put runners on the corners with two outs in the seventh before a wild pitch scored senior Sydney Wiginton with the go-ahead run.
Freshman Jennifer Ponzo came on in relief to record the win for the Broncos. Smale had a pair of hits in the game and had 3 RBIs, while junior shortstop Lauren Fissori had two of Santa Clara's seven hits. Moore and Yale each had three hits for the Aggies in the first game.
UCD pitcher Amy Rosson allowed just one hit over six innings in the nightcap, while Moore collected five straight hits over the two games. She finished 5-for-7, hitting singles in her final three at-bats in the first game and her first two appearances in the second. She also knocked in a pair of runs and scored two more. Yale also had a solid day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double in the opener and adding a double in her only trip to the plate in the second game.
Rosson allowed just one-hit in the second game, while striking out six and walking only two through six innings before being relieved by Lindsey Roark in the seventh. Rosson improved to 3-1 with the victory. Jennifer Ponzo had a double for the Broncos' only hit.
Moore's two-out, two-run single to left in the first inning of the second game scored Shyamala White and Roark, staking the Aggies to a 2-0 lead. White's single to right in the fifth scored Hall-who reached on a double-while Yale's ensuing double scored White, making it 4-0. Hall's single to left in the sixth scored Turman with the final run.
The Broncos will return to action this Saturday, with the home opener against Humboldt State. The doubleheader is slated to begin at Marsalli Park at noon.