Arizona and Auburn are set for a three-game series with a trip to Oklahoma City on the line. The Cats and the Tigers are set to meet in a Saturday-Sunday Super Regional in Auburn, Alabama.
Tamara Statman's eighth-inning single to score Nancy Bowling gave Arizona a 4-3 victory in the Knoxville Regional Championship, helping Arizona earn its 27th regional title in the last 30 years.
Redshirt junior Danielle O'Toole retired the final 21 Tennessee batters, coming a leadoff single in the bottom of the first away from a perfect game, as Arizona advanced to Saturday's regional championship with a 4-0 blanking of the host Volunteers.
In the conclusion of Friday's rain postponement, Arizona defeated Ohio State 2-0 in the Knoxville Regional Opener. The Cats await the Tennessee/Marist winner at 11:30 a.m. MST.
After a 2 hour and 49 minute rain delay, game 1 of the Knoxville Regional between Arizona and Ohio State was postponed until Saturday morning at 7 a.m. MST.
Juniors Katiyana Mauga, Danielle O'Toole and Mandie Perez were named first-team all-Pac-12, while three other Wildcats were honored by the conference in the league's annual postseason awards, announced by the Pac-12 on Thursday.
Arizona will need one victory on Sunday to advance its eighth NCAA Super Regional in the last nine seasons. Meanwhile, UA's to-be-determined challenger will need to take down the Cats twice.
Redshirt juniors Danielle O'Toole and Nancy Bowling were named Pac-12 Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, the conference announced on Monday. It is O'Toole's second straight Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award and fourth overall this season. This is Bowling's first-career weekly citation.
Arizona softball will begin its postseason road in Tennessee, where it compete in the Knoxville Regional, along with the host Volunteers, Ohio State and Marist. Arizona opens up the regional vs. Ohio State on Friday at 1:30 MST on ESPNU.
Four home runs, including a walkoff two-run blast from Katiyana Mauga, helped Arizona run-rule California in the regular season finale at Hillenbrand Stadium, 11-2 in six innings.
Cal scored two runs in the second inning and three in the third and Arizona was unable to rally as Cal evened the series with a 5-3 game 2 victory.
Lauren Young hit a three-run home run to kick off her senior weekend while redshirt junior Nancy Bowling hit a pinch-hit grand slam just hours after receiving her degree at Arizona's first annual Student-Athlete Convocation, helping Arizona run-rule California, 8-0 in game one of the three-game series.