The Wildcats will take on the winner of the Oklahoma-DePaul semifinal at 1 p.m. this afternoon.
The Wildcat offense was led by Akamine’s first two career home runs ?- a pair of four-run bombs ?- and eight runs batted in. The two grand slams are an individual game record for an
Taryne Mowatt improved to 15-6 behind a 14-strikeout performance. The junior allowed a leadoff walk in the first and a pair of batters to reach base with a single and a fielder’s choice in the second, before retiring the next 11 Ragin’ Cajun batters. All told, she allowed just two hits and two walks in seven shutout innings against an offense that averages nearly six runs per game.
In the third, Sarah Akamine staked the Wildcats to a formidable lead with her first career home run, which happened to be the first
Lowe got things going for the Cats in the third with a leadoff double down the left field line. One game after snapping a 22-game hitting streak, Chelsie Mesa singled down the third base line with a successful drag bunt, giving UA runners on the corners with no out. After pitching around Fox to load the bases, Akamine came up to the plate and hammered Cuevas’ 1-1 offering over the left field fence to give UA a 5-0 lead.