Cal rallied from a 2-0 deficit, broke the game open in the sixth inning and the No. 1-ranked Bears beat LSU 5-3 in the opening round of the Women’s College World Series on Thursday.
Cal broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth with three runs. The go-ahead run scored on Jamia Reid’s infield single. Bears’ cleanup hitter Frani Echavarria drove in three runs — on a single in the third, sacrifice fly in the fifth and a groundout in the sixth.
Cal’s No. 3 hitter, Valerie Arioto, finished without an official at-bat as she drew three walks in the game.
Oklahoma and Cal play today at 4 p.m. South Florida and LSU meet in the loser’s bracket Saturday at 9 a.m.
Cal scored two unearned runs and capitalized on four walks.
LSU jumped in front 2-0 on catcher Morgan Russell’s single to right field in the top of the second inning, but the Tigers’ offense wouldn’t seriously threaten Cal ace Jolene Henderson the rest of the way.
Henderson allowed a leadoff pinch-hit single by Cassie Tosclair in the top of the seventh. Tosclair scored on a bloop hit to left by Ashley Langoni, who was stranded at third base to end the game.
Henderson gave up three earned runs, eight hits and struck out five in her complete-game effort.