Akamine Throws Second No Hitter in Sweep

March 12, 2010

8:30 p.m. Game - Arizona 8, UIC 0 (5 innings)

TUCSON -- Arizona knocked six extra-base hits and Kenzie Fowler pitched shutout ball to lead Arizona to an 8-0, five-injning victory over Illinois-Chicago Friday night to cap a 2-0 evening.

Stacie Chambers led off the Arizona second with a triple to deep left, but Brigette Del Ponte grounded out and Baillie Kirker lined into an unassisted double play to third baseman Kelsey Sturgeon.

Matte Haack pulled a ball beyond the left-center fence for her third home run of the year and a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third for Arizona. An out later, Karissa Buchanan singled, and with two outs, Lauren Schutzler singled. K'Lee Arredondo then smacked her first home run of the year for a 4-0 Wildcat lead.

Fowler held the Flames to three hits and struck out six in improving to 13-0 for No. 2 Arizona (19-1). UIC dropped to 4-12. Hewett (2-7) took the loss.

7 p.m. Game - Arizona 12, Northern Colorado 0 (5 innings)

TUCSON -- Sarah Akamine collected her second career no-hitter to pace Arizona from the circle and Brigette Del Ponte's grand slam in the top of the first got UA off to a great start. The Cats kept going for a 12-0 victory over Northern Colorado Friday night.

K'Lee Arredondo hit a two-run single in the top of the second to push the lead to 6-0.

Del Ponte singled in another run in the fourth, helping set up a three-run home run by the next batter, Baillie Kirker. The next hitter, Matte Haack, socked a solo shot to center to make it 11-0. UA batted around in the frame and added a run-scoring single by Arredondo.

4 p.m Game. - Minnesota 7, UIC 4 (9 innings)

TUCSON -- Alex Davis knocked a two-run home run to punctuate the Gophers' ninth inning and lead Minnesota to a 7-4 victory over UIC.

The Gophers picked up the first tally of the game with one hit in the first. Malisa Barnes walked and with one out Abby Rehberger singled. Both moved up on a ground ball and then Barnes scored on an illegal pitch by UIC's Whitney Orellana.

UIC took the lead with RBI singles by Shannon Kehr and Claire Donyanavard in the bottom of the inning. Kelly Sturgeon singled to load the bases and then Teresa Aguilar singled in another run.

Minnesota had a pair of runners thrown out at the plate on the same play in the second inning. Allie Sui singled and Whitney Erickson doubled to both in scoring position, but on Kari Dorie's ground ball to second, the Flames turned a 4-2-6-2 double play, erasing a Gophers threat.

UIC centerfielder Carly Demarco cut down pinch runner Chonquita Jones at the plate trying to score from second off a single in the Minnesota fifth to keep the score 3-1.

The Gophers loaded the bases with a hit batter, single and a second hit batter, bringing in reliever Devin Miller with two outs in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Sturgeon dropped a liner by Erickson to let in two runs that tied the game.

Each team picked up a run in the eighth, Minnesota with an infield RBI single by Barnes and UIC with a ground-ball RBI by Teresa Aguilar.

2 p.m. - Creighton 5, Minnesota 0

TUCSON -- Tara Oltman struck out 11 and scattered four hits to throw shutout ball and help lead Creighton over Minnesota in Arizona's Wildat Invitational tournament Friday afternoon.

Renae Sinkler jacked one over the fence and into the batter's eye in straightaway center with two aboard in the top of the first to get the Bluejays started.

Minnesota had the bases loaded with two outs in the second but CU pitcher Tara Oltman got a grounder back to the circle to end the threat.

Sinkler walked in the Bluejays seventh and was tripled home by Michelle Graner, and then Sara Loeffelholz then plated Graner with a double to left for the final score.

11 a.m. - Northern Colorado 3, St. John's 2

TUCSON -- Kristi Cady homered to left-center to put the first run on the board and give St. John's a 1-0 lead in the second. Chrissy Montez picked up an RBI single in the third for St. John's second run.

Northern Colorado loaded the bases with no outs in the third, and came up with a fielder's choice RBI from Erin Geddis and a run-scoring single from Melisa Ryba to tie the game. Another ground-ball RBI, by Lindsey Coward, gave UNC the lead, 3-2.

Both UNC's Jamie Juelfs and SJU's Jordan Tingley were effective in the circle, but loser Tingley was hurt by one run being unearned. She held UNC to four hits, while the Red Storm collected five off winner Juelfs including on in the seventh to help put the potential tying run in scoring position.

The Gophers loaded the bases with one out again in the seventh with a single by Malisa Barnes, an error and a single by Rehberger. Heidi Carls lined one off pitcher Devin Miller's glove, snagged by second baseman Christie Seddon. A fly ball ended the threat.

9 a.m. - St. Johns 9, Creighton 5

TUCSON -- St. John's took a four-run lead in the top of the first with a bases-loaded walk from Chrissy Montez, a two-run single by Kristi Cady, an illegal pitch by reliever Kylie Hovinga with the bases loaded and a sacrific fly by Meghan Gwynn.

The Bluejays cut into the lead in the bottom of the frame with a single by Liz McKewon and Renae Sinkler being hit by a pitch and out later. Both runners moved up on an illegal pitch from Linzee Sumrall. Anothe illegal pitch brought in McKewon, and another one brought in Sinkler to make it 4-2.

But the Red Storm stormed back, with curry yanking her first career home run to right to drive in three runs in the top of the second for a 7-2 lead.

Sinkler hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third for the Bluejays to cut the lead to 7-4. But SJU answered with a run-scoring single by Cady in the top of the fourth to extend it to 8-4.

SJU pitcher Sumrall was troubled all day with illegal pitches and was pulled in favor of Jordan Tingley in the bottom of the fourth after being called for her 12th of the game. Four of those extended at-bats that otherwise recorded outs.

An RBI single by McKewon plated a CU run in the fourth to make it 8-5. Dominique Marcelino had a pinch-hit home run, the first of her career, in the Red Storm seventh off CU ace Tara Oltman.

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