The Arizona Wildcats are one step closer to the Women's College World Series.
Mo Mercado belted a two-run home run in the fifth inning and No. 11 Arizona run-ruled visiting LSU 13-5 in the decisive seventh game of the NCAA regionals, held today at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Wildcats (44-14) will travel to Lafayette, La., later this week for the NCAA super regionals. The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the Women’s College World Series. The No. 6 ranked Ragin' Cajuns (48-7) run-ruled Texas to win their regional.
Mercado finished 4 for 4 with four RBIs, and teammate Lauren Young belted her 16th home run of the season.
UA pitcher Shelby Babcock surrendered five runs on six hits, walking four and striking out five while keeping the hot-hitting Tigers at bay.
It was a fair turnabout given how well LSU's Baylee Corbello pitched in this afternoon's first game.
LSU’s starting pitcher held the hot-hitting Wildcats to three hits in the Tigers’ 5-1 win.
Corbello gifted Arizona nine walks, but she was accurate enough when it counted to shut down a Wildcat offense that leads the nation in runs, home runs and ranks second in batting average.
Corbello held Arizona to one hit through five innings — the Wildcats' only run came on a wild pitch — and while the LSU offense wasn’t drastically better, consistent production in the middle innings did the trick.
Bianka Bell broke a scoreless tie in the third inning with her third home run in three days and 14th of the season. Allison Falcon added another run for the Tigers in the fourth inning on an A.J. Andrews groundout, and Sahvanna Jaquish made it 3-0 with a solo home run – her third of the playoffs, too – to lead off the fifth. LSU added two more runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Bailey Landry and Bell. The UA's Estela Piñon took the loss.
Read more in Monday's Arizona Daily Star