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PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. - Danielle O'Toole was on the bench, forced to redshirt the season, the last time Arizona and LSU met, when the Tigers scored a combined 18 runs in two games, eliminating Arizona in the 2015 NCAA Super Regional. On Friday night in Palm Springs, O'Toole was the difference.

The junior threw a complete-game three-hit shutout against the fourth-ranked Tigers (4-2), while the offense managed a three-run fifth, and ninth-ranked Arizona improved to 7-0 on the season.

O'Toole (4-0) struck out eight Tigers in the victory, while allowing just five base runners over seven nearly flawless innings.

LSU's starter, Allie Walljasper (0-2) was nearly as dominant as O'Toole, limiting Arizona to three hits over the first four innings before the Cats broke through in the fifth.

A leadoff single from Hillary Edior and an error on Nancy Bowling's sacrifice bunt put two on, no one out. Tamara Statman bunted the runners to second and third before Mandie Perez gave the Cats the lead with a single through the left side. Eva Watson followed with a sacrifice fly to plate one run while Mandie Perez, who moved to third on the throw, took home while the ball was being taken back to the rubber.

O'Toole faced the minimum through three before walking two of the first three batters she faced in the fourth. The junior pitched out of it, inducing a line out and a pop out.

Arizona also put two on in the fourth to represent its first threat of the night, but could not score.

LSU threatened in the sixth, getting the tying run to the plate with one out, but O'Toole retired LSU's three and four hitters on two pitches to keep the 3-0 lead in tact.

O'Toole got the Tigers in order to shut the door in the seventh.

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