Nobody ever said getting to the Women's College World Series for 2nd seeded Arizona softball would be easy. And Arizona faces their toughest challenge yet, after dropping game 2 against the Baylor Bears on Saturday night 6-4.
A win, and they were in. But Baylor's bats were able to keep the Bears alive. Head coach Mike Candrea put his faith in sophomore Taylor McQuillan to get the start in game 2 tonight. McQuillan was solid through five innings, allowing only 2 runs, as the Wildcats rallied to a 4-2 lead.
But senior ace Danielle O'Toole came on in relief in the 6th and allowed 4 hits while giving up 4 runs to force the rubber match on Sunday.
"It's kind of hard at this stage of the game to change what you do," says Candrea. "But I'm sure we'll make some subtle changes. It's really tough sometimes when you see a kid look really bad on an off-speed pitch to not throw it again."
The Wildcats were also uncharacteristically dull on defense, allowng Baylor to score 2 runs in the 4th.
The winner of tomorrow's rubber match will face th defending champion Oklahoma Soones, who swept 7th seeded Auburn on the road to advance to the WCWS.
Tomorrow's game time is set for 4pm.