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.
“Come-from-behind wins are stronger wins for us and mean a lot more,” said Henderson, who improved to 37-2. “We just want to reach our goal (and win a national championship).”
LSU doesn't have a hitter in the starting lineup batting better than .265 but jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second on catcher Morgan Russell's two-run single. Two errors led to two unearned runs.
“It's really disappointing the fact that we were able to score three runs and (didn't win),” said LSU coach Beth Torina. “That's something everyone knows we've struggled with.
“But give Cal and their offense a lot of credit. They keep coming at you 1 through 9. It's very tough to get them out four times through (the lineup).”