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California Stops LSU to Begin Women's College World Series

By: Courtesy: University of California Media Relations
By: Courtesy: University of California Media Relations

After trailing for only the second time in the postseason and the first since the 3-2 loss to Arkansas in the Berkeley Regional, the No. 1-seeded California softball team exploded for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to dismantle LSU in the Golden Bears' first game of the Women's College World Series.

In the top of the second, LSU jumped to a 2-0 lead, which the Bears halved with a socre in the third. The Bears tied it at two all with a run in the fifth before scoring thrice in the sixth. LSU tacked on one more run in the seventh, but it was not enough.

Frani Echavarria was the offensive starter for Cal, driving in three runs on a single, a sac fly and a groundout. Jamia Reid scored twice, had two hits and one RBI. Jolene Henderson pitched the complete-game victory, allowing eight hits and fanning five.

Rachele Fico took the loss after she allowed two earned runs on five hits and four walks in 5.1 innings of play. Mack threw the final 0.2 innings, taking one earned run. LSU made two errors.

Courtesy: University of California Media Relations

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