WCWS: Top-seed Cal rallies past LSU

by Michael Baldwin Published: May 31, 2012
California ace Jolene Henderson has lost only twice all season. Even when the junior right-hander is a little off, the Bears' offense often times comes to the rescue.

A good example was Cal's Women's College World Series opener Thursday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium as the No. 1-ranked Bears rallied for a 5-3 win over LSU.

Henderson surrendered a 2-0 lead in the second, but the Bears rapped out seven hits to advance to the winners' bracket finals Friday night against Oklahoma.

Cal (57-5) scored single runs in the third and fifth to tie it and scored three runs in the sixth to complete the comeback.

“We got behind, but this team fights until the end as you saw today,” said center fielder Frani Echavarria, who drove in three runs. “Everyone pulled together. Even when some of us couldn't get it done, the next (hitter) handed the bat over to the next person.”

Echavarria lined an RBI single in the third and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth to tie the game 2-2. Leadoff hitter Jamia Reid had two infield singles and scored two runs, including the go-ahead run in the sixth.

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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