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Mauga and O'Toole lead Wildcats to 5-0 win to advance to regional final

Posted: 6:50 PM, May 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-21 20:37:38Z

Seniors Katiyana Mauga and Danielle O'Toole led the Wildcats to a 5-0 win over South Carolina, advancing to the winners bracket of the Tucson Regional.

Mauga's third inning home run was the 91st of her career, breaking the record by a Pac-12 player. She is four home runs shy of the NCAA record.

"When Kati's hot and she's htting the ball where she's pitched, she's a weapon," said head coach Mike Candrea. "And obviously any swing she takes the ball can leave the ballpark. The thing I like right now, is we're scoring a ton of runs with not just the home run. If you look at the bottom of the order, they've been very productive, and to me I think that's huge."

Pitcher Danielle O'Toole took a no-hitter into the seventh inning until it was broken up by a one-out double from Victoria Williams. She finished with a one-hit shutout to improve her record to 29-4 on the season.

Today's Arizona Wildcat regional final softball game against South Carolina will start at 4pm on the SEC Network. It will also be streamed on watchespn.com.
 
If Arizona wins, it will advance to a super regional next weekend which will also be played at Hillenbrand Stadium. If South Carolina wins, the two teams will play again later tonight for the spot in the super regional.
 
The Gamecocks are coming out of the elimination bracket after losing to Arizona, 5-0, yesterday afternoon. South Carolina then defeated St. Francis of Pennsylvania last night.
 
In yesterday's 5-0 Arizona win, Katiyana Magua hit her 91st career home run, breaking the record for the most home runs by a Pac-12 player. Danielle O'Toole pitched a one-hit shutout. It was the Wildcats 50th win of the season against just seven defeats.