Utes open 2013 season on Friday.
Utes outscore Wildcats, 18-2.
Utes face Ducks at 4 p.m. MT.
Hoopiiaina tags eighth double of the season.
Utes record fourth shutout victory of the season.
Akins Notes: Will redshirt 2013 season ... talented player looking to gain experience at first base ... first career hit was a solo home run last season against Drexel (2/26/12) ... great power, feet and attitude ... extremely athletic and will only get better with time.
2013: Redshirt season.
2012: Appeared in 24 games with seven starts ... made first career appearance behind the plate against San Diego State (2/10) ... made first career start against Cal State Northridge (2/19) ... started and came up with first career hit, a solo home run, against Drexel (2/26) ... first career sacrifice fly and RBI was tallied against UC Riverside (2/19) ... hit an RBI single, scored a run and stole a base versus North Dakota (3/4) ... stole a base and was credited with her fifth RBI of the year against Utah State (3/28) ... had a single in start against No. 19/15 Oregon (4/13) ... had three steals and was only caught once ... scored a run during first game of doubleheader at Weber State (4/25) and drew a walk in the second game at Weber State.
High School/Travel Ball: Member of 2010 state runner-up team at Sunnyside High School ... All-City selection ... two-time team captain and four-year letterwinner ... played for coach Pete Palomarez ... owns a career .488 batting average and hit 16 home runs and stole six bases ... also was a setter on the volleyball team and earned four varsity letters and was a captain for three years ... member of Tucson Jinx club team ... named team captain and Most Valuable Player ... member of National Honor Society ... was in the Sports Medicine Club and served as a student athletic trainer ... volunteered for Breast Cancer Awareness and Families In Need ... recognized as a Digital Scholar Advantage Student.
Personal: Daughter of Yvette Gradillas and Clarence Akins ... has one bother, DeAnthony ... intends to major in Business ... born Nov. 3, 1992.