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Arizona Advances to Super Regional with Mercy Victory
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/18/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
NCAA Softball Championships
Tucson Regional
G1: LSU 13, Louisville 9
G2: Arizona 9, Boston University 6
G3: Arizona 9, LSU 8
G4: Boston U 8, Louisville 3 - Louisville eliminated
G5: LSU 8, Boston U 3 - Boston U eliminated
G6: LSU 6, Arizona 3 - forces Game 7
G7: Arizona 13, LSU 5 (5) - UA Advances
 

 
TUCSON--Arizona rebounded from a loss to the Tigers earlier in the day and got to LSU pitching for a 13-5 walk-off victory that earned the Wildcats the NCAA Championships regional title in Game 7 and a berth in next week's Super Regionals.
Shelby Babcock (6-0) pitched a solid six-hitter and Arizona clouted 14 hits, including a walk-off, two-run home run by Mo Mercado in the bottom of the fifth.
The Wildcats earned their ninth Super Regional berth in 10 tries since the format began the two-team second-weekend format for the Championships. 
Arizona (44-14) chased LSU starter Kelsee Selman (6-3), a freshman, in the first inning, with four hard hit balls, the first a home run by leadoff batter Hallie Wilson. Two outs later, Chelsea Goodacre singled, Selman walked Katiyana Mauga, Mo Mercado singled in Goodacre, and Lauren Young singled. 
LSU (38-24) brought in Game 6 winner Baylee Corbello, who gave up an RBI infield single to Courtney Rodriguez. She struck out Chelsea Suitos to end the inning but UA had batted around and opened a 3-0 lead.
LSU quickly put a runner in scoring position with a hit by Bianka Bell and a walk issued by Babcock to Tammy Wray. Sandra Simmons moved them both up with a sac bunt, and an out later Babcock hit Constance Quinn to load the bases. But Jacee Blades hit a soft liner to short to get out of the jam.
UA got going again in the second, sending seven to the plate. Corbello gave up a hit to Wilson and walked Kelsey Rodriguez to open the Cats' frame, but a double play eased the situation, moving Wilson to third. Goodacre walked and then Mauga ripped a double down the line to bring in one more run. Mercado beat out an infield single to drive in Goodacre for a 5-0 lead.
Sahvanna Jaquish hit her fourth home run of the weekend after a hit by Bailey Landry to put LSU on the board in the top of the third. It was her 17th of the year. An out later, Wray slugged her sixth of the year to make it a two-run game, 5-3. 
Arizona had an answer to the Tigers' rally. Kelsey Rodriguez followed a Wilson two-out single with a blast, her ninth of the year, to left in the bottom of the third.  
The Cats rallied again in the fourth, batting around. Suitos had an RBI single, Wilson drove in a pair with a single and Fox hit a sacrifice fly to make it 11-3.
LSU avoided a shortened game -- for a few minutes, at least -- after Babcock walked a pair of batters in the top of the inning and Simmons, on a 3-2 count and one strike away from a UA mercy-rule win, knocked a double over centerfielder Courtney Rodriguez's head to drive in two and make it 11-5. 
After Corbello walked Mauga to open the UA fifth, Mercado lifted a bomb beyond the left field fence for the winning eight-run margin.
LSU was fighting for its fourth Super Regional appearance, including one in Tucson in 2006 and in Tempe in 2007, plus a most recent Super Regional at Columbia, Mo., in 2012.
 

 
TUCSON, Ariz.--LSU's Baylee Corbello tossed a three-hitter to lead the Tigers (38-23) to a 5-1 victory over host Arizona (43-14) and force a seventh game in the Tucson regional of the NCAA Softball Championships. Winner-takes-all in a rematch set for 4:35 p.m. local time. A trip to Super Regionals in Lafayette, La., is the prize.
Corbello (19-9) struck out four and walked eight, but kept UA off balance and got some help from her defense with a pick-off and a double play..
Estela Pinon (19-8) took the loss for Arizona, despite a reasonable effort in the circle. She scattered eight hits but got little run support from the Wildcats, who stranded 10 baserunners.
Arizona, as visiting team, put runners on the corners in the top of the first with a walk by Hallie Wilson, a sac bunt by Kelsey Rodriguez and another walk to Chelsea Goodacre, but LSU pitcher Baylee Corbello got Katiyana Mauga to ground to short to halt the threat.
LSU also put runners in scoring position, but made a baserunning mistake to skew the opportunity. A.J. Andrews led off with an infield single, and Bailey Landry bunted attempting to sacrifice. But UA third baseman Lauren Young, in a pump-fake to first, caused Andrews to try for third, and Young gunned a throw to catcher Goodacre covering the bag for the tag. After a walk to Bianka Bell, pitcher Estela Pinon got a ground ball to end the inning.
With two out, Pinon walked LSU's eight-nine hitters on eight pitches to put two aboard in the bottom of the second, but got Andrews to pop to short. Corbello made it tougher on herself with a pair of one-out walks to Wilson and Rodriguez in the third, but she induced Kellie Fox to fly to deep center and got Goodacre to line to left.
Bianka Bell put LSU on the board first with a line drive home run to left with two outs in the bottom of the third, her 14th of the season. 
UA should have had bases loaded-one out in the fourth after Corbello walked a pair and gave up UA's first hit to Courtney Rodriguez, but pinch runner Peyton Kornfeind got picked off first and Chelsea Suitos was thrown out at first. That gave UA six runners left on base through four.
LSU got one-out hits from Allison Falcon and Constance Quinn and pinch hitter Alayna Falcon drew a walk to load the bases in the Tigers' fourth. First baseman Wilson went to the bag instead of attempting a force play at the plate on a ground ball to her from Andrews, letting Allison Falcon score to make it 2-0.
Corbello put the tying run on base with leadoff walks to Wilson and K. Rodriguez in the fifth. After an out, third baseman Tammy Wray tipped Chelsea Goodacre's liner, but it was snagged by shortstop Bell, who doubled Wilson off second to end the threat.
Sahvannaa Jaquish opened the Tigers' fifth with a homer to left, a team-best 16th of the year, to make it 3-0. 
The Wildcats staged a two-out rally to get a run in the sixth. Courteney Rodriguez followed a walk to Young with her second safety, through the left side. Chelsea Suitos beat out an infield hit to third, and after Wilson drew a walk, a wild pitch from Corbello brought in pinch runner Eva Watson. Kelsey Rodrigez grounded to short to end the rally, stranding three more..
LSU added two-out runs in the sixth, with Bailey Landry singling in Andrews from second after she had been hit by a pitch, and Bell picking up an RBI single.
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