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Arizona softball defeats South Carolina 9-0 to advance to the super regional

Posted at 8:46 PM, May 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 01:52:00-04

Arizona softball outscored its opponents 25-0 over three days to dominate the Tucson Regional.

The Wildcats defeated South Carolina twice, including a 9-0 win in Sunday's regional final. The Wildcats opening the scoring with a Mandie Perez two run home run, using both the long ball and moving over baserunners to win during the weekend.

"The message all weekend has been solid pitching," said head coach Mike Candrea. "We didn't give up a run.  And with the hitting, we look like a different team right now. We went from a bunch of bashers to the short game again and that's kind of what happens in the post season."

Pitcher Taylor McQuillan shutout the Gamecocks one day after Danielle O'Toole did the same.

"As the innings kept going on, my team just kept producing and producing and producing,"  said McQuillan. "Any pitcher that has nine runs put up for them is going to want to go out there and shut it down because their team is working for them."

The Wildcats, who are the tournament's number two overall seed, will host Baylor in next weekend's super regional.