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Cal, UCLA in will meet in championship


UCLA's Caitlin Benyi celebrates scoring the go-ahead run against Stanford in the 12th inning Sunday. UCLA's Caitlin Benyi celebrates scoring the go-ahead run against Stanford in the 12th inning Sunday. 
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UCLA's Caitlin Benyi celebrates scoring the go-ahead run against Stanford in the 12th inning Sunday. UCLA's Caitlin Benyi celebrates scoring the go-ahead run against Stanford in the 12th inning Sunday. (Associated PressAssociated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Chelsea Spencer had a tiebreaking single and Alex Sutton followed with a two-run single, giving California a 4-1 victory over LSU on Sunday to advance to the championship game of the Women’s College World Series.

The Golden Bears will have a rematch against defending champion UCLA, which beat Stanford 3-1 in 12 innings Sunday to advance.

LSU’s Kristen Schmidt pitched two complete games Sunday as the Tigers (57-12) eliminated Florida State and beat California to force a second game against Cal.

In her third start, she struggled after retiring the first two batters in the fifth inning — her 19th inning of the day.

Lindsay James and Haley Woods singled before Schmidt walked Kaleo Eldredge and Jessica Pamanian to force in the tying run. Spencer followed with an infield single and Sutton extended the lead with a single.

Cal (53-12) will get another shot at UCLA (46-9), which got a nine-inning no-hitter from Keira Goerl in a 1-0 win in the championship game last year.

Goerl (30-7) scattered 11 hits and Lisa Dodd drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the top of the 12th in the Bruins’ semifinal win Sunday.

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