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NCAA Softball Tournament results: Arizona beats Auburn 5-3, moves one win away from Women's College World Series

Will they make it back to OKC on Sunday?

Jason Bartel

The Arizona Wildcats are now just one win away from their first Women's College World Series appearance since 2010 after taking game one of the Auburn Regional by a score of 5-3.

Danielle O'Toole only allowed two hits while extending her undefeated postseason run this year.

Auburn took a 2-1 lead in the third inning after a throwing error by Mo Mercado. The Tigers started the inning with a lead off double and a hit batter to get the two runners on.

They would not get another hit until the 7th.

Arizona retook the lead in the sixth. Mercado tied the game up in the 5th with an infield single that brought home Eva Watson. The next inning, a bases loaded hit by pitch of Mandie Perez gave the Wildcats the 3-2 advantage. From there, an error and a fielder's choice extended the lead to three.

Mercado continued to make up for the early miscue in the bottom half of the sixth. After a nice play earlier in the frame, she made this catch to send the game to the seventh inning.

Auburn's second hit of the game was a solo home run to start the seventh and make the score 5-3. But O'Toole would rebound and finish the win with a strikeout.

This win means that Arizona will have two games to win one on Sunday to advance to the Women's College World Series. The first game will be at 11 AM PT on ESPN. If an extra game is needed, it will be at 2 PM PT on ESPNU.