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Women’s tennis, in matches April 5 and 6, first lost a home-court match to Lewis & Clark College, 8-1, then redeemed itself in an away game against Pacific Lutheran University, winning 6-3.
Inside, due to bad weather on Friday, the ’Cats lost two of their three doubles matches early on, leaving sophomores Kelly Watanabe and Kaila Nip on the No. 3 court to win the only point of the afternoon for Linfield in their doubles match against the Pioneers.
Linfield recently lost a match to Lewis & Clark in a 7-2 match March 22.
“We played very well,” sophomore Katie Krieger said. “We weren’t really expecting to win against a team ranked second, but we did our best and we were happy with our level of commitment.”
At the Pacific Lutheran campus Saturday, women’s tennis was ready to make up for the loss of the day before and played its hardest, winning by the three points it needed to compete for the No. 4 position in the Northwest Conference.
“I knew it was going to be a close match,” said sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt, who won her singles match on Saturday. “I tried not to think too much while I was playing because putting more pressure on myself might have affected how I was playing.”
The team, which was down 2-1 after the doubles matches, did not let the score discourage it going into the singles matches, when Jernstedt, Watanabe, Nip, junior Caroline Brigham and senior Lexi Thomas all won against Pacific Lutheran.
“The bus ride back was really fun. It’s always good bonding with the team, and it was even better since we were excited that we accomplished our goal,” Jernstedt said.
Next up for the Wildcats is a home match against Willamette University on April 12.
“Right now we’re in the number four spot,” Krieger said. “We still haven’t played Willamette, but we’re excited and confident going into that match.”
Linfield played Willamette earlier this season, winning 7-2 against the Bearcats.
After the match against Willamette, the Northwest Conference Tournaments will begin the weekend of April 20 and 21, and they will continue the weekend of May 10 and 11.
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Linfield softball had a successful weekend, taking down both Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College in doubleheaders March 16 and 17.
In the games against Pacific University, the Wildcats won the first game 1-0 and second game 10-2.
During game one, junior Karina Paavola pitched a complete game, earning her sixth win of the season.
The sole run of the game was scored by freshman outfielder Kristen Vroom, who scored from second because of a fielding error caused by a ground ball from junior Katy Brosig.
Pitching and defense kept the offenses in check, holding both teams to multiple innings without runs or hits. Each team had one error.
In the second game, the Wildcats offense outpowered the Pioneers by a score of 10-1.
Junior Shelby VandeBergh pitched four solid innings, allowing one run, two strikeouts and three hits.
The Wildcats came out firing, scoring two runs in the first by sophomores Grace Middelstadt and Lisa Yamamoto.
In the second inning, Catball tripled the score with four more runs. Yamamoto hit a two-run home run during her second plate appearance, scoring senior Megan Wallo.
A sac bunt from senior Karleigh Prestianni in the fourth inning sent Middelstadt straight to home, giving the Wildcats their seventh run of the game.
In the sixth, sophomore Montana McNealy hit a home run, scoring the last run of the game and securing the Wildcats’ victory.
Due to high chances of rain in the weather forecast, the Wildcats moved their doubleheader to start at 10:30 a.m. against Lewis & Clark College on March 16.
Even with the rain, the Wildcats blasted six home runs throughout the afternoon, moving themselves into first place in the conference standings.
In game one, the Wildcats slammed the Pioneers 11-1.
Prestianni and junior Ashley Garcia hit two home runs, keeping the Wildcats’ lead against the Pioneers.
Prestianni’s homer in the second allowed Catball to score three more runs. The Wildcats had 11 hits throughout the game. The Pioneers were only able to have three off of Paavola.
Paavola had a no-hitter going through the first four innings, but the Pioneers disrupted Paavola’s dominance in the fifth with a single. Two singles later, the Pioneers scored, ending the shutout for Paavola.
In game two, the Wildcats beat the Pioneers in shutout fashion, 15-0.
VandeBergh pitched her first career no hitter, and retired all batters except for the leadoff batter, which she hit.
Junior Haylie Watson and Yamamoto both hit two home runs each in the first three innings of the game.
By the end of the first inning, the Wildcats had secured a solid lead with seven runs.
The Pioneers remained hitless, while the Wildcats raked in a total of 14 hits, with the help of two errors.
Brosig also had two hits during the game.
Yamamoto had six RBI and went three for three, scoring three runs for Catball.
The Wildcats will next face La Verne College in a doubleheader during their visit to Southern California at 2 p.m. March 20.
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