The Arizona Wildcats punched their ticket to the Women’s College World Series with a 10-2 softball victory Saturday over Brigham Young but lost ace Kenzie Fowler — at least for the game.
Fowler faced just two batters. The second one, J.C. Clayton, hit a line drive off Fowler’s right forearm. Fowler was already suffering tenderness in her hand and forearm because of a pinched nerve in her neck. Medical reports say that the condition is not related to that thoracic outlet syndrome that threatened her life after her sophomore season at Canyon del Oro High School.
A hush fell over the crowd at Arizona’s Hillenbrand Stadium, and Fowler was removed after a delay of more than 10 minutes. Folwer remained on the Wildcat bench, icing her arm. She was taken to McKale Center for X-rays, the Arizona Daily Wildcat reported.
Sarah Akamine replaced Fowler and finished the game, striking out five and allowing just one earned run over five innings as Arizona won the NCAA Super Regional in two straight games.
Arizona will be making its 22nd trip to the Women’s College Wolrd Series, which will be June 3-June 9 in Oklahoma City.
Kristen Arriola drove in four runs for the Wildcats, going 2-for-3 with a double. Lini Koria drove in two runs with bases loaded walks. Former Sunrise Mountain star Brigette Del Ponte drove in a run. Brittany Lastrapes was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.