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20070318 Arizona Falls to OU in Championship Game
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Release: 03/18/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">FULLERTON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State> ? </B>The fifth-ranked <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> softball team lost to No. 6 Oklahoma, 11-0, in the championship game of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Fullerton</st1:City></st1:place>&rsquo;s Judi Garman Classic on Sunday afternoon.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Sooner offense was aided by five Wildcat fielding errors that led to six unearned runs.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Sarah Akamine (6-1) drew the loss, as she pitched 2.1 innings and gave up nine runs, only three of which were earned.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Akamine&rsquo;s classmate Samantha Hoffman saw her first intercollegiate action, tossing 2.2 innings of relief and gave up two runs on two hits.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> had not been run-ruled since April 16, 2005 at UCLA.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Since then, UA has played 110 games and has run-ruled 22 opponents.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">This was <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place>&rsquo;s first shutout loss of the season.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> returns home for a three-game series against <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New Mexico</st1:place></st1:State> this weekend.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The Wildcats will host the Lobos at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at noon on Sunday.<B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Akamine Slams (Twice) <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> into Garman Final<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:City w:st="on"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">FULLERTON</B></st1:City><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">, <st1:State w:st="on">Calif.</st1:State> ? </B>The fifth-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> 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.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcats will take on <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Oklahoma</st1:place></st1:State> this afternoon in the championship game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">The Wildcat offense was led by Akamine&rsquo;s first two career home runs ? a pair of four-run bombs ? and eight runs batted in.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The two grand slams are an individual game record for an <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> player and the eight RBI are fourth in school history.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Taryne Mowatt improved to 15-6 behind a 14-strikeout performance.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The junior allowed a leadoff walk in the first and a pair of batters to reach base with a single and a fielder&rsquo;s choice in the second, before retiring the next 11 Ragin&rsquo; Cajun batters.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>All told, she allowed just two hits and two walks in seven shutout innings against an offense that averages nearly six runs per game.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s pair of All-American hitters combined to put a run on the board in the top of the first.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Caitlin Lowe slapped the first pitch of the game for a single to short and one out later stole second.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The steal was Lowe&rsquo;s 133<SUP>rd</SUP> of her career, tying her with Lauren Bauer for second in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> history.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Kristie Fox then doubled her classmate home for her 196<SUP>th</SUP> career RBI, breaking a seventh-place tie with Jennie Finch on program&rsquo;s all-time list.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">In the third, Sarah Akamine staked the Wildcats to a formidable lead with her first career home run, which happened to be the first <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> grand slam of 2007.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>The four-run homer was UA&rsquo;s first since Fox sent one deep against LSU in the 2006 Super Regional ? a span of 32 games.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Lowe got things going for the Cats in the third with a leadoff double down the left field line.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>After pitching around Fox to load the bases, Akamine came up to the plate and hammered Cuevas&rsquo; 1-1 offering over the left field fence to give UA a 5-0 lead.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN></P> <P> </P>
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