LSU

1. Player to watch

SS Bianka Bell got the Tigers here with a game-winning RBI single against Arizona State in the Baton Rouge regional title game last week. That hit ended a brief slump for Bell, who has been the top hitter on a team with several players having big seasons. Her consistency will be pivotal.

2. The “X” factor

Arizona has hit almost twice as many home runs as LSU — 104 to 58. The wind tends to blow in at Tiger Park, and it was exceptionally strong last weekend, contributing to no home runs being hit in seven regional games. Adapting to the conditions will be a key for both teams — hitters and pitchers alike.

3. Worth noting

Bell, Sahvanna Jaquish and Kellsi Kloss have been LSU’s top run producers, but a strength has been the complementary contributions at the top and bottom of the order. In the regional round, A.J. Andrews, Bailey Landry and Sandra Simmons had big weekends.

ARIZONA

1. Player to watch

Michelle Floyd. The Wildcats sophomore pitcher was tagged for six hits and four runs when the teams met earlier this season, a 4-3 LSU win. Floyd and fellow pitcher Trish Parks will have the task of quelling what has become a streaky LSU offense.

2. The “X” factor

Arizona’s defense. The pitching struggles are well documented, but the Wildcats have a stalwart crew backing it up. The past two Pac-12 Defensive Players of the Year are in the Arizona infield: first baseman Hallie Wilson and shortstop Kellie Fox.

3. Worth noting

Arizona coach Mike Candrea is a New Orleans native and the son of a jazz musician. He said his uncle was a baseball letter-winner at LSU in the 1950s, and he expects to have more than 15 family members in the stands Sunday.