TUCSON--LSU junior pitcher Emily Turner held Arizona at bay for six full innings, then weathered a Wildcat seven-inning rally that came within 60 feet of tying the game, holding on for a 3-2 victory to force game three in NCAA super regional action Saturday night.
In the balance is the region's berth in the Women's College World Series next week in Oklahoma City.
Turner scattered seven hits and struck out six, and Arizona's batters couldn't come up with the key hit for most of the game, stranding 10 base runners, including two in the final frame.
UA had Kristie Fox on third and pinch runner Kelly Nelson on first base after pulling to within one, but Turner got Chelsie Mesa to fly to center for the third out.
The Cats scored on a Kristie Fox single after Caitlin Lowe and Autumn Champion hit one-out singles, and brought in the other run in the frame with two outs, on a sharp liner to short by Jenae Leles that LSU shortstop Lauren Delahoussaye misplayed to let Champion cross the plate.
LSU's Delahoussaye, however, was the hitting hero for the Tigers, driving in all three runs, including two on a home run in the bottom of the second.
Taryne Mowatt (21-5) took the loss for Arizona. In her five losses the Cats have scored a total of 6 runs. Turner improved to 28-8 for LSU (55-13). Arizona dropped to 48-10.
Game two was set for 8:30 p.m.
The loss was Arizona's first in 14 tries in games played in Tucson that had the potential to send the Wildcats to the World Series. UA has been a frequent host team in regional play and never lost until Saturday in such a contest.