Linfield softball leads Division III in home runs

Emilee Lepp ’12 leads the nation in home runs, and she and teammates Staci Doucette ’12 and Emily Keagbine ’11 are the top three home-run hitters in NCAA Division III. Linfield leads all divisions of the NCAA with 87 home runs this spring.

“It’s kind of unbelievable at times,” head softball Coach Jackson Vaughan ’97 told “When you have that much firepower with three kids, it adds up fast.”

“We have girls all through our lineup who are hitting home runs,” said Lepp, who set the NCAA Division III single-season record with 27 home runs. “I’ve never been on another team that has worked harder than this team does.”

Lepp ranks second in the Northwest Conference in batting average and first in home runs, total bases, RBI, hits and runs scored.

The Wildcats are heading to the NCAA Division III regional playoffs, May 12-15, at a site to be determined. The NCAA Finals are May 19–23 in Salem, Va. Linfield has been the top-ranked team in NFCA Division III’s Top 25 Poll for the entire season.


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