Callista Balko put UA's first runs on the board with her blast to left field, and Laine Roth gave
The Cats pulled off the comeback without their best player, three-time All-America senior centerfielder Caitlin Lowe, who left after crashing into the fence chasing a hit by Crystal Vieyra that drove in two runs in CSF's big first inning when it took a 5-0 lead. Lowe evidently suffered an injury to her face and was withheld from action afterward, although she did return to UA's dugout an inning later.
UA mustered only seven hits off Baker, but the big one by Balko seemed to infuse some life into the Cats, who improved to 43-12-1. The Titans dropped to 38-22 overall.
Jenae Leles chased Baker with a two-run homer in UA's five-run sixth, after a fourth and fifth error that made all five runs unearned. Of the 11 runs Baker gave up, only two were earned.
UA pitcher Taryne Mowatt (35-10) struck out eight, walked three and gave up six runs on nine hits, four earned.
The Wildcats moved to within one victory of their 19th Women's College World Series appearance in the past 20 years. Game 2 in the Super Regional will be played at noon Sunday, with a third game to follow at 2:30 if necessary. Both games can be seen on ESPNU.
NOTES... UA shortstop Kristie Fox kept a hitting streak alive at 10 games... The five errors tied CSF season high... UA's comeback was its biggest deficit-eraser of the season, eclipsing a three-run lead