Arguably the feature contest in this year’s
UA freshman pitcher Sarah Akamine (2-0) scattered nine hits over six and one-thirds innings, allowing just one earned run as she struck out six NU hitters.
Junior Taryne Mowatt earned her first career save, as she struck out the only two batters she faced ?- both of which represented the potential game-winning run.
With one out and runners on the corners, Canney failed to field a Jenae Leles, allowing Lowe to score the game’s first run.
In the bottom of the third, Northwestern tied the game 1-1 on a controversial sacrifice fly. Williams ignited the offense with a long single off the outfield wall in right-center field. An
Northwestern rallied for one run in the fourth, giving the Big Ten Wildcats their first lead of the game. After a one-out single Kelly Dyer hit a comebacker, which Akamine threw over second base and into center field, giving NU runners at first and second. NU pinch hitter Emily Haug singled to load the bases. Following a fielder’s choice that kept the bases juiced. Akamine then induced Williams into a groundball, but a UA error allowed NU to score the go-ahead run.
Following a scoreless fifth, UA scratched out three runs to take a 4-2 advantage. Kristie Fox came up big with the bases loaded, notching her fourth and fifth RBI on the year, by lacing a two-run single down the left field line. The Wildcats would tack on an additional run via an NU error for their third and final run of the frame.
NU would score one run on two hits and a wild pitch in the sixth, but Akamine got out of the situation with a Garland Cooper groundout to end any threat.
Game Notes: Caitlin Lowe stole her fifth base of the season, giving her 112 in her career. Lowe needs one more SB to tie Amy Chellevold’s 113 swiped bags for fourth on UA’s all-time list.