Arizona's Taylor McQuillin notched an NCAA-best 15th shutout and did not allow a baserunner to reach second base with a two-hitter over North Dakota State, 6-0, and propel UA into the NCAA Softball Championships Regional final round here at Hillenbrand Stadium.
UA (42-14) will face Mississippi State (38-22) on Sunday. The Wildcats will be looking to win their 29th NCAA Regional championship.
The Bulldogs came back through the Elimination bracket with decisive wins over St. Francis (11-6) and North Dakota State (12-0).
McQuillin (27-10) struck out nine, with one walk in recording her second shutout of the regional.
She tied a world, NCAA, school, NCAA Tournament and Hillenbrand Stadium record by recording three outs while making just three pitches in the bottom of the third.
It took five pitches for McQuillin to get the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th outs of the game.
Freshman Jenna Kean had a 4-for-4 day and a pair of runs scored to help the effort.
Arizona also took a step toward possibly staying home for Super Regionals next weekend when 3rd seed UCLA was upset at home by Cal State Fullerton, 3-2 in the winner’s bracket.
The Bruins rebounded Saturday night to beat Texas State 14-1 but must defeat the Titans twice on Sunday to advance.
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