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Friday, Apr. 8 - Sunday, Apr. 10 | Andy Mohr Field | Bloomington, Ind.
Wednesday, Apr. 6 | at Buckeye Field | 10 a.m.
The junior hurler is the first Penn State player to earn the honor since Lisa Akamine garnered it in 2011
Penn State has a total of 4,023 honorees during 18 years of the program
Cassidy Bell Goes 2-for-3, Becomes New PSU Single-Season Batting Champ at .423
Penn State played Virginia Tech & South Florida at the USF Softball Stadium on Mar. 9, 2012.
2009 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM
2010 ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM
2011 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
2011 COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT II FIRST TEAM
2010 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
2011 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN
Earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors during a career year...Pitched a career-low 1.89 earned run average behind an 11-9 record in 151.2 innings pitched...Held opposing batters to a .193 average, while striking out 135...Threw three solo shutouts with two other combined efforts with 23 starts in 31 appearances...Went the distance 11 times...Started 48 games in 49 appearances in the field and at the plate, posting a .246 average in 142 at bats...Collected 35 hits and scored 11 times with four doubles and a home run...Knocked in 15 runs and stole two bases...Opened the season with a 1-for-3 afternoon, driving in a run during a 3-1 victory against Tulsa (2/18)...Earned the victory throwing 6.2 innings with six hits and one unearned run allowed at Florida Atlantic (4/19) with five strikeouts...Threw a complete game shutout victory against Georgetown (2/26), allowing just four hits and a walk, while striking out 10 and going 1-for-4 at the plate...Hurled five scoreless innings against FIU (2/27) with four strikeouts...Fired second shutout of the year against Miami of Ohio (3/4) in a 1-0 victory, allowing just four hits and four walks, while striking out five to lower season ERA to 0.63...Went six innings against nationally-ranked Georgia Tech, giving up five hits and two runs with five Ks along with a 1-for-2 day at the plate...Went 1-for-1 with a walk at then-No. 1 Georgia (3/10)...Had a perfect 3-for-3 day with two runs and a double, throwing four hitless innings and six strikeouts against Bowling Green (3/11) in an 8-0 win...Tossed six scoreless innings of a 5-0 victory over Belmont (3/13), allowing a sole hit with eight strikeouts...Threw seven solid innings against eventual national champion Arizona State (3/17), allowing two earned runs, five hits and seven strikeouts...Hurled six innings of unearned ball against Boise State (3/19), giving up just two hits and six strikeouts...Had a six-game hitting streak, tallying hits against Arizona State (3/17), Fresno State (3/17) and Oklahoma (3/18), including an RBI against each FSU and Oklahoma...Went 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Pacific (3/19) before going 1-for-3 vs. Boise State (3/19)...Earned the win with 3.2 innings of perfect relief pitching and hit first home run, an inside-the-park homer, in Beard Field and Nittany Lion Softball Park history vs. Wisconsin (3/26)...Started and went five innings with one earned run allowed with seven strikeouts in a 3-2, eight-inning victory over Wisconsin (3/27)...Earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors (3/28) for efforts against the Badgers...Threw six-hit, one earned ball at Pittsburgh (3/29), fanning six...Went all eight innings in a 4-2 victory over Kent State (4/13), allowing three hits, two runs and two walks with five strikeouts...Picked up two wins in a doubleheader sweep of Buffalo (4/14), going 11.2 innings allowing 11 hits, four runs and striking out six batters...Earned the victory in relief over Purdue (4/30), going 4.1 innings with two hits and two runs allowed, following that performance up with an eight-inning shutout of the Boilers (5/1), giving up just one hit after a three-hour, 38-minute rain delay in a 0-0 tie...Won at Iowa (5/8) in relief, going 5.2 innings of scoreless softball, giving up four hits and two walks...Made first NCAA Regional appearance as a starter vs. Fordham (5/21), throwing 4.1 innings...Started against Oregon (5/22), going 5.1 innings allowing four hits and two walks with two unearned runs.
Earned second straight All-Big Ten Third Team honors...Named to the 2010 Academic All-Big Ten squad...Hit .267 with 28 hits, three doubles, 10 runs batted in and seven sacrifices...Threw 148.2 innings with a team-high 15-8 record in 30 apperaances and 21 starts...Struck out 162 hitters with a 2.92 earned run average...Had stretch of 18 appearances (Feb. 20-Apr. 14) going 13-2 with a 1.01 ERA with 97 innings pitched, giving up just 67 hits, 14 earned runs, while striking out 100...Opened 2010 batting .286 at Hotel Encanto Invitational...Picked up first win in the circle vs. UTSA (2/13), striking out nine...Had 1-for-2 day with two runs scored vs. Utah State (2/20)...Struck out eight vs. Western Kentucky (2/19)...Threw a nearly perfect weekend at the ECU Pirate Classic (2/27-28), going 11.1 innings allowing just three hits and two runs and striking out 10, while hitting an impressive .571 at the plate...Went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored, throwing three innings of two-hit, one-run ball against Towson (2/27)...Went 1-for-1 with a run scored and two sacrifices, tossing 5.1 innings with an earned run and a hit with five strikeouts vs. Delaware (2/27)...Pitched three perfect innings picking up third straight win and going 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI at the plate vs. Morehead State (2/28)...Posted three-straight 1-for-3 games against Florida Gulf Coast (3/5), Ball State (3/6) and FIU (3/6)...Threw a complete game against FIU, allowing just two earned runs and five hits...Posted back-to-back one-earned run appearances in wins over Saint Joseph's (3/10) and Boston College (3/14), striking out eight in each game...Threw 11.1 scoreless innings with just five hits allowed and 14 strikeouts in two games against Saint Francis (3/24), earning the shutout win in the second game, while going 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI...Went 3-for-7 at the plate in a doubleheader against Minnesota (3/27) with an RBI in Game Two while pitching seven complete innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs with nine strikeouts as well...Earned first Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor (3/29) for performances against SFU and UMN...Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk, while earning the win in the circle at Kent State (3/31) in the second game of a doubleheader...Threw a career-high eight innings at Purdue (4/4), earning the win with no earned runs allowed, giving up six hits and a walk, while striking out four for her sixth straight winning decision in as many starts...Won seventh straight start with one-run, four-hit showing, striking out nine vs. Pittsburgh (4/6), while going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored...Picked up two more wins at Wisconsin (4/10-11) with 10 innings of one-run, six-hit ball and nine strikeouts while adding three hits and two RBI in four at-bats...Struck out a career-best 14 hitters, tied-second most in school history, in an eight-inning first game of a doubleheader against Michigan State (4/14), allowing one run, scattering eight hits and walking none, while going 1-for-3 at the plate...Posted hits in each game against Illinois (4/17-18) with a double and a single...Threw complete game with no walks against Illinois (4/18)...Went 2-for-4 with a run scored vs. Iowa (4/24)...Threw complete game five-hitter with one earned run and seven strikeouts vs. Iowa (4/25)...Tied the school record for most strikeouts in a game, fanning 15 in the second game vs. Syracuse (4/27)...Scored a run at Northwestern (5/1)...Named the team's Most Improved Player.
2009 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
Named to All-Big Ten Third Team...Started in 44 games...Reached base successfully in 30 of 44 games, earning hits in 26 games...Started collegiate career with a six-game hitting streak (Feb. 6-14) batting .476...Posted 13 multi-hit games...Hit .286 behind 40 hits in 140 at-bats...Knocked home 17 RBI with six doubles and a home run while scoring 15 runs...Totaled 49 base hits, slugging .350 and posting a .310 on-base percentage...Successfully stole two bases in both attempts...Won six games in 25 appearances in the circle, going the distance 11 times...Notched one shutout and combined on another while adding a save...Logged 130.1 innings and 114 strikeouts...Posted a .968 fielding percentage, committing just one error...Went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against Western Michigan (2/6)...Went 1-for-4 with two RBI by hitting first collegiate double at Arizona State (2/7)...Knocked home three runs behind 2-for-4 hitting vs. Wichita State (2/14)...Went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a double while stealing two bases vs. George Washington (2/14)...Went 2-for-4 at North Carolina (2/15)...Went 2-for-3 at Stanford (3/6)...Posted back-to-back 2-for-4 days against Washington (3/13) and Arizona (3/14) hitting home a run and scoring four times...Scored twice and hit an RBI double with a single at Illinois (3/22)...Had back-to-back 2-for-3 games against Michigan (4/1) and Iowa (4/4), hitting an RBI in each game...Went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the first game of a doubleheader at Maryland (4/23)...Went 4-for-7 in doubleheader against Indiana (5/2) with a double and an RBI...Posted first collegiate complete-game shutout against George Washington (2/14) posting a season team-high 12 strikeouts and walking one and allowing just three hits...Matched the 12-strikeout performance at Pittsburgh (3/25) throwing a season-high 7.2 innings...Threw a complete game shutout against Saint Francis (4/16) allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six...Allowed just six earned runs in last six appearances of the season...Earned first career save tossing the final 2.2 innings without allowing a run, hit or walks, striking out two in a 6-3 win at Michigan State (4/29).
Named to EA Sports All-American softball team senior year...Lettered four years in softball and was the softball team captain for two years...As a pitcher and outfielder, contributed to back-to-back CIF Championships in 2006 and 2007...Played on the Worth Firecrackers 18 Gold club team for head coach Tony Rico, and went on to win the ASA National Championship in 2007...Multi-sport athlete at Escondido High playing water polo and golf for two years each.
Elizabeth Marie Akamine was born on February 14, 1990 in Escondido, Calif. to Alex and Carla Akamine...Has an older sister, Sarah, and a younger sister, Hannah...Sarah plays softball for the University of Arizona...Majoring in kinesiology...Last name is pronounced Ah-kah-MEE-nay.
QUOTING AKAMINE ON PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because I couldn't imagine myself attending any other school."
QUOTING COACH PETRINI ON AKAMINE
"I am anxious to see Lisa come into her own this year. When Lisa puts her mind to it, she is able to shut down opposing hitters at will. She has worked very hard in the offseason to perfect her consistency on the mound and increase her presence as a force in the Big Ten. Offensively, she has the power to drive the gaps and be an RBI hitter for us."