Wildcats post double shutout against Warriors
Linfield softball began its 2010 season positively, winning twice against Corban College, 2-0 and 4-0, on Feb. 27.
The wins boosted Linfield’s overall record to 2-0.
Linfield attained an early lead when a Corban outfielder misplayed a fly ball that allowed two runs to score.
Sophomore pitcher Lauren Harvey didn’t need much insurance, as she allowed only four hits in five innings.
Senior Samantha Van Noy came in for relief, finishing off the Warriors for the shutout victory.
Senior right fielder Rochelle Friend, junior second baseman Alex Hartmann and sophomore Sami Keim contributed with the only three Linfield hits.
“Our pitching staff did a good job of keeping them off balance,” head coach Jackson Vaughan said.
In the second game, junior starter Claire Velaski continued the dominant Wildcat pitching.
With five hits allowed and five strikeouts during five innings of work, Velaski earned the win.
Sophomore shortstop Staci Doucette and junior third baseman Emily Keagbine recorded the only two RBIs for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will travel to Newberg, Ore., to face George Fox University in a Northwest Conference battle March 6.
The Bruins hold a 3-3 overall record on the young season.
Junior outfielder Serena Lee leads the conference with seven runs scored, while junior outfielder Shelby Briske leads the league in hits (9) and RBIs (8).
“GFU has improved a lot this year,” sophomore outfielder Jaydee Baxter said. “We shouldn’t worry about its pitching and focus on our hitting.”
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