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Akamine Slams (Twice) Wildcats into Garman Final
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/18/2007
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FULLERTON, Calif. ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona softball team (21-6) advanced to the championship game of the Judi Garman Classic with a 9-0 victory over No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette (28-7) on Sunday morning in a game that saw two grand slams by Sarah Akamine.

 

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 Arizona player and the eight RBI are fourth in school history.

 

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.

 

Arizona’s pair of All-American hitters combined to put a run on the board in the top of the first.  Caitlin Lowe slapped the first pitch of the game for a single to short and one out later stole second.  The steal was Lowe’s 133rd of her career, tying her with Lauren Bauer for second in Arizona history.  Kristie Fox then doubled her classmate home for her 196th career RBI, breaking a seventh-place tie with Jennie Finch on program’s all-time list.

 

In the third, Sarah Akamine staked the Wildcats to a formidable lead with her first career home run, which happened to be the first Arizona grand slam of 2007.  The four-run homer was UA’s first since Fox sent one deep against LSU in the 2006 Super Regional ?- a span of 32 games.  

 

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. 

 

Up Next: Arizona will face the winner of the Oklahoma-DePaul semifinal at 1 p.m. for the Judi Garman Classic championship.

 

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