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In the circle, Akamine (5-0) scattered nine hits and gave up two runs in six-plus innings of work. Taryne Mowatt earned her second save of the year, striking out cleanup hitter Amanda
From there, Balko provided some insurance for the Wildcats with her fifth and sixth home runs of the year. With two out in the third, Balko displayed her opposite-field power by clubbing a solo shot to right-center, doubling UA’s lead to 2-0.
Kristie Fox, who returned to her usual third spot in the order after batting cleanup in UA’s previous three games, led off the fifth with a single. After being sacrificed to second by Jenae Leles, Fox advanced to third in a Taryne Mowatt single and scored on a throwing error by A&M center fielder Sharonda McDonald.
With Mowatt on second and one out, Balko blasted her second homer of the day ?- this one to left field ?- to give the
The Aggies broke up Akamine’s shot at her first career shutout with a run in the sixth, but the Wildcats would quickly make up for the blemish on the scoreboard with one of their own. Fox cracked an opposite-field home run of her own, her fifth on the season, to give UA a 6-1 advantage. The round-tripper gave Fox her team-leading 17th RBI on the year and tied her with Alison McCutcheon for eighth on UA’s all-time list for RBI in a career with 184.
- With a second-inning single, Chelsie Mesa tied a career-long, 11-game hitting streak.
- Callista Balko hit her sixth home run through UA’s 14 games of 2007. Balko, who hit 13 home runs in 2006, did not reach the half dozen mark until
- Callista Balko’s two previous multi-home run games came against
The Wildcats will return to regular, Division I play next Friday, as UA will host