Arizona's Mo Mercado throws to first after tagging out University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Haley Hayden at second Friday during game one of the NCAA Super Regional Softball tournament in Lafayette.

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The Arizona Wildcats homered in the first inning, and belted a moonshot in the seventh inning.

In between, however, they fizzled.

Christina Hamilton threw a complete game, striking out four, as host Louisiana-Lafayette topped the UA 5-3 tonight in the first game of the best-of-three NCAA super regionals. In winning, the Ragin’ Cajuns flipped the momentum — and the odds — in their favor: teams that win Game 1 in super regionals advance roughly 85 percent of the time. Lafayette scored twice in the first inning, twice in the second and once in the third to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Arizona scored its first run when Hallie Wilson, the game’s leadoff hitter, belted a solo shot off Hamilton. Kellie Fox hit a two-run shot with none out in the seventh inning, cutting the deficit to two runs. But Hamilton fanned Chelsea Goodacre and Katiyana Mauga. Mo Mercado singled with two out, but was stranded with Lauren Young hit into a fielder’s choice.

The teams will play again tomorrow at noon. Arizona can force a decsive Game 3 with a victory. Louisiana-Lafayette can advance to the Women’s College World Series by winning once tomorrow.

Read Saturday’s Arizona Daily Star for more.