Softball Falls to Penn State, 9-6

March 14, 2009

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FULLERTON, Calif. -- Penn State's two four-run innings were too much for No. 12 Arizona to overcome, as they fell 9-6 in their third game at the Judi Garman Classic on Saturday morning.

The Nittany Lions picked up four runs in both the third and sixth innings, squandering any chance of an Arizona rally.

Though Kimi Wong tossed 1.2 innings, Lisa Akamine (4-5) picked up the win for the Lions, giving up five earned runs on four hits and striking out four with three walks.

Akamine's older sister, Sarah (13-4), was credited with the loss, as all three Arizona pitchers saw action, scattering 13 total hits. The junior gave up three earned runs on three hits and issued her first walk of the weekend.

The elder Akamine lasted all of 0.1 innings before being lifted after giving up a hit to Lisa.

UA's first-inning one-run lead that came on a wild pitch was short lived, as clean-up hitter Sam Hovanec touched up Akamine for a three-run homer in the bottom half.

Brittany Lastrapes nabbed a leadoff triple for the Cats (25-6), and was brought home on a wild pitch strikeout to open the scoring in the top half.

Martinez relieved Sarah Akamine and gave up a hit, and an unearned run that came on a passed ball after a strikeout. PSU ended the first inning up 4-1.

As one Akamine left the circle, another entered in the top of the second. After giving up a base hit and a walk with two outs to the bottom of the Arizona order, Wong was lifted in favor of Lisa Akamine, who induced a flyout to Lastrapes to end the UA threat.

The Cats got one back in the third. Kristen Arriola was hit to lead off, then moved to third on a walk and fielder's choice. With two outs and runners on the corners, Lini Koria placed a liner into shallow left, plating the freshman Arriola. Victoria Kemp was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Laine Roth grounded out to end the inning.

Arizona put up a two-spot in the fifth inning. Sam Banister walked, then Stacie Chambers smoked her 16th drive of the year to dead center field, bringing the Cats within one. A strikeout and two popups ended the inning with UA down, 5-4.

Penn State (9-10) added four runs of insurance in the sixth, all with two outs and with Lindsey Sisk in the circle. Lisa Akamine picked up an RBI single, then Desi Giordano slammed a pitch over the left center wall to account for the other three, giving the Lions a 9-4 lead.

Chambers hit her 17th with one on and one out in the UA seventh. It was also her 62nd RBI of the season - which leads the nation - bringing the margin to three at 9-6.

Up Next: Arizona takes on Notre Dame at 3:30 p.m. on Field 2 of the complex.

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