Arizona softball one win away from advancing to super regionals
After defeating Harvard 5-1 in a late finish Friday night to begin the Tucson Regional, No. 6 Arizona took down No. 23 Auburn in a winners’ bracket matchup on Saturday.
The Wildcats are now one win away from advancing to the super regionals, where they will likely host. Arizona will play today at 4 p.m. against Auburn. Should the Tigers win, the two teams would play a winner-take-all game at 6:30 p.m.
In Saturday’s win over Auburn, Arizona broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, two-run single from pinch-hitter Tamara Statman.
The Tigers cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh on a solo home run from Bree Fornis, but Wildcat pitcher Taylor McQuillen was able to shut the door.
McQuillen threw a complete game, allowing one run, six hits and two walks while striking out five.
Auburn outhit Arizona six to four, but the Wildcats did walk five times.
After Arizona State lost 7-4 to host Alabama in a winners’ bracket matchup on Saturday in Tuscaloosa Regional, the Sun Devils handled Lipscomb 10-1 in six innings in an elimination game to extend their season.
ASU will take on the Crimson Tide at 11 a.m. today and will need to win twice against Alabama to secure a spot in the super regionals next weekend. If necessary, a winner-take-all game will begin at 1:30 p.m.
In the first game on Saturday, the Sun Devils led early thanks to a first inning two-run home run from Kindra Hackbarth.
Alabama scored twice in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
The Sun Devils responded with two more in the top of the second but the Tide responded with a solo home run from Reagan Dykes to cut the lead to 4-3.
Alabama scored four times in the third to take a 7-3 lead and pitcher Montana Fouts finished what she started and held the Sun Devils scoreless over the final five innings. She racked up 12 strikeouts in the win.
In the elimination game against Lipscomb, ASU broke open a game that was 1-1 in the sixth inning with nine runs in the frame.
The Sun Devils wrapped up the win with a scoreless bottom of the sixth due to the eight-run rule.
Pitcher Samantha Mejia fired a complete game for ASU, allowing only an unearned run.