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Arizona Softball's season comes to an end

Posted at 7:24 PM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 22:24:35-04
Auburn defeated the Wildcats twice on Sunday to earn a trip to the Women's College World Series.
 
Arizona finishes the season 40-21, with its third straight trip to the NCAA Super Regional and 28th 40-win season in program history.
 
 
 
Game 1 - Auburn 4, Arizona 1
 
A four-run fourth inning led Auburn to a 4-1 victory in game 2 of the Auburn Super Regional.
 
The Wildcats struck first, but the Tigers came back with a four-run fourth and the Wildcats were never able to recover.
 
Danielle O'Toole took the loss, her first in nine starts. O'Toole allowed four runs on four hits in 3.1 innings. Taylor McQuillin was solid in three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits in relief of O'Toole. Nancy Bowling retired the final two batters of the game in relief of McQuillin.
 
Arizona struck first when Alexis Dotson doubled home Nancy Bowling with two out in the bottom of the second.
 
In the fourth, Auburn's Emily Carosone singled to start the inning. While rounding first, she put her shoulder into Arizona first baseman Nancy Bowling and was easily thrown out at second on the routine single. Obstruction was ruled to grant Carosone the base. This kicked off a four run inning for Auburn against two Wildcat pitchers.
 
 
 
Game 2 - Auburn 6, Arizona 1
 
Auburn carried the momentum from its game 1 victory, plating two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead and never looked back.
 
The Tigers scored six runs on just five hits. UA pitchers uncharacteristically issued seven free passes, including three hit-by-pitches, and Arizona was hurt by a defensive error and passed ball that led to three Auburn runs.
 
Danielle O'Toole pitched three innings and allowed four runs, two earned, on three hits.
 
O'Toole finished off a phenomenal debut campaign with Arizona, after transferring from San Diego State. The redshirt junior went 26-11 and finished with a 2.17 ERA, the best season in the circle for a Wildcat since Kenzie Fowler in 2010.
 
O'Toole and the majority of the Wildcats will return next season, but for Arizona's lone senior, catcher Lauren Young, Sunday marked the end of a terrific career as a Wildcat. Young was a four-year starter for UA.
 
Auburn jumped on top early after a hit-by-pitch and wild pitch put a runner in scoring position and Kasey Cooper singled her home to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead. After a passed ball moved Cooper to third, she scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
 
In the third, the Tigers put runners on second and third with one out. An error plated both runs to give Auburn a 4-0 lead.
 
The Tigers added a solo homer in the fifth for insurance.
 
The teams exchanged runs in the bottom of the sixth.