OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Kristin Schmidt continued her outstanding Sunday at the Women’s College World Series, hurling a complete-game as LSU knocked off California 4-1.
The win forces a second game Sunday night between the two teams to determine who will meet UCLA in Monday night’s national championship game.
After striking out 13 in today’s earlier win over Florida State, Schmidt struck out eight Golden Bears to run her record to 38-6 on the year. Kristina Thorson fell to 28-4 as she was struck for three runs and four hits in two and two-thirds innings of work. Kelly Anderson relieved her and limited the Tigers to an unearned run and three hits over the final four and a third.
Cal took the lead in the bottom of the first as Kaleo Eldredge laced a single to left field that scored Lindsay James, who singled two batters earlier.
The Tigers responded a half inning later as Leslie Klein led off the inning with a solo home run to right that tied the game 1-1.
LSU added some insurance in the third with two outs. Back-to-back singles by Lauren Castle and LaDonia Hughes set the stage for Camille Harris. Harris, who went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, knocked a double to the left center field gap that scored Hughes and Castle for the 3-1 lead.
Schmidt didn’t need any additional insurance, but her offense added another run in the sixth as Lauren Delahoussaye doubled to right center to score Stephanie Hill, who reached earlier on a fielding error.