Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Softball Wins Title Game Rematch, 4-3
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 11, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The No. 1-ranked Arizona softball team bounced back from a defeat early in the day with a gutsy 4-3 victory over No. 4 Northwestern Saturday night.


Arguably the feature contest in this year’s Kajikawa Classic, Arizona and Northwestern locked horns in a game that featured a pair of lead changes and a combined 37 base runners for the two squads.


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.


Arizona jumped on NU starter Eileen Canney for one run on two hits in the first.  Caitlin Lowe extended her carry over hit streak to eight games by leading off the game with a bunt single.  K’Lee Arredondo continued the rally with an infield single of her own, placing runners at first and second for the Wildcats.  Kristie Fox then hit a ball up the middle, which was scooped up by NU shortstop Tammy Williams who stepped on second for a fielder’s choice.


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 Arizona error placed runners at first and third with one out for NU cleanup hitter Erin Dyer.  The Northwestern catcher flied out to right field, and with Williams tagging UA right fielder Adrienne Acton gunned the ball home.  Williams plowed into UA catcher Callista Balko, dislodging the ball before it was secured and scoring the game-tying run.


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.


Up Next: Arizona next plays Sunday at 9 a.m. against Wisconsin at the Tempe Sports Complex.  UA will then face No. 13 Texas A&M to conclude its play in the Kajikawa Classic.