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Arizona Wildcats sweep Knoxville regional, advance to NCAA Super Regional at Auburn



Nancy Bowling (6) scores off of Tamara Statman's walkoff single in the bottom of the eighth in Arizona's 4-3 win over Tennessee (ESPN screen shot)

Nancy Bowling (6) scores off of Tamara Statman’s walkoff single in the bottom of the eighth in Arizona’s 4-3 win over Tennessee (ESPN screen shot)

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The Wildcats will face their old ASU nemesis in the Super Regional next week.

Auburn is coming off a sweep of its regional. Arizona swept through the Knoxville regional.

The Sun Devils miss their former coach, who in eight years in Tempe took them to seven College World Series appearances with two national titles. This tweet from a former ASU quarterback last year.

Strength vs. Strength

Support from a legend. Another former Arizona standout Jenny Dalton-Hill called the Auburn regional for ESPN this past weekend. Wonder if she will communicate with Candrea about what she observed from the Tigers.

Another former Arizona great helped coach Ole Miss to one game from the Super Regionals as an assistant. The Rebels lost to Oklahoma in the “if necessary” game …


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The clutch pitching of junior Danielle O’Toole and freshman Taylor McQuillin was huge in Arizona’s victory.

The home plate ump Mark Bartling, whose strike zone was out of whack to say the least, tossed Tennessee co-coach Karen Weekly after she argued a called strike that looked like a hit-by-pitch play in the sixth. Earlier in the game, Bartling called an obvious strike a ball that eventually led to a three-run homer off O’Toole. Digging through the archives, Bartling ejected Arizona coach Mike Candrea from a game in 2002, the first time that happened to Candrea in 17 years at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Conquest. Now, let’s see if they can raise that “A” over Auburn’s “A” next week.

O’Toole remained involved as a spectator after leaving the game in the fourth. She returned later to get Arizona out of a serious jam in the top of the seventh.

I can see that — both ways

[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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