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Wildcats go down swinging to No. 1 Tufts - May 24th 2015
Montana McNealy strikes out nine but the Jumbos push across an unearned run in the sixth inning to prevail 1-0 to improve to 49-0 | Postgame Interview | Video Replay |

'Cats tame Tigers, reach NCAA semifinals - May 23rd 2015
Montana McNealy pitches a no-hitter and Erin Carson taps three hits to power Linfield past DePauw 8-0 in a loser-out game | Postgame Interview | Interactive Bracket |

Texas-Tyler one run better than Linfield - May 22nd 2015
Nearly pulling the game from the fire in the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats fall 2-1 to the Patriots at the NCAA Finals | Postgame Interview | Interactive Bracket |

Runs aplenty for Linfield at NCAA Finals - May 21st 2015
Home runs by McKenna Spieth and Erin Tauscher spur the surging Wildcats to an exciting win on Day 1 of the championship tournament | Postgame Interview | Interactive Bracket |

Linfield battles Division III's best - May 20th 2015
A surprise entry to the NCAA Finals, the Wildcats can perform without the weight of expectations on the nation's biggest stage Watch Live (12:30 PDT approx.) | Interactive Bracket |

Elite 89 Award goes to Kenzie Schmoll - May 20th 2015
An impeccable academic record earns Linfield's sophomore second baseman an exclusive NCAA recognition

Super Champs! Linfield advances to Finals - May 16th 2015
Behind the pitching of Montana McNealy and Brooke Chapman, Linfield sweeps Central to earn its first trip to the Finals since 2012 | | Postgame Interview |

Five 'Cats named NFCA All-Region - May 15th 2015
Montana McNealy, Danielle Duman, Cheyenne Fletcher, Erin Kinney and Alissa Buss draw praise on the 2015 All-West Region team Complete All-Region Teams

Wildcats, Dutch halted by weather - May 15th 2015
Linfield goes up 4-0 on Danielle Duman's grand slam before Central rallies to tie in the 5th; game to be resumed Saturday at 8 PDT Partial Box Score | Watch Live (8 a.m. PDT) | Super Regional Website |

Super Duper: Tradition-rich powers collide - May 14th 2015
Softball heavyweights Linfield and Central pair up in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regionals with a spot in the Finals on the line Watch Live (2 p.m. PDT Friday) | Live Stats | Super Regional Website |

Regional Champions! 'Cats shock Norse - May 10th 2015
Stunning favored Luther twice on Mother's Day, Linfield takes the Decorah Regional and advances to the NCAA Super Regionals | | Postgame interview |

Survive & Advance: 'Cats win twice in Iowa - May 9th 2015
Rallying to knock of St. Scholastica then avenging a first-day loss to St. Thomas propels Linfield to Sunday's regional final CSS Box Score | UST Box Score | Postgame interview |

Valiant comeback attempt falls short, 2-1 - May 8th 2015
Held to two hits through five innings, Linfield nearly rallies to beat St. Thomas in the first round of the NCAA Decorah Regional | Watch Live (Sat., 11:30 PDT) | Follow the Decorah Regional |

Academic District team includes two 'Cats - May 8th 2015
In addition to strong play on the field, Danielle Duman and Kenzie Schmoll draw recognition for their sterling academic records Complete All-Academic Teams

NCAA Preview: Elevating Their Game - May 7th 2015
The stakes are now higher for the LInfield Wildcats, who enter this weekend's NCAA Decorah Regional with momentum on their side Watch Live | Follow the Decorah Regional | Follow all NCAA Regionals |

Wildcats heading to Iowa for NCAA Regional - May 4th 2015
Linfield faces St. Thomas in an opening round game Friday in Decorah, Iowa, part of a four-team regional hosted by Luther College Complete NCAA Bracket

Nine Wildcats chosen for NWC all-star cast - April 30th 2015
Pitcher Montana McNealy headlines a nine-member delegation on the 2015 Northwest Conference all-star team

Wildcats win, clinch NCAA playoff spot - April 25th 2015
Converting two miscues into key runs, Linfield beats George Fox 4-3 to claim the NWC Tournament title and NCAA playoff berth

Wildcats advance to championship game - April 24th 2015
Montana McNealy holds Whitworth and George Fox in check, helping Linfield advance to Saturday's title bout at the NWC Tournament Whitworth Stats | George Fox Stats

More to the catcher than meets the eye - April 22nd 2015
From her view behind home plate, Linfield senior McKenna Spieth relates well with teammates, coaches and umpires

McNealy, Duman honored with NWC awards - April 22nd 2015
Linfield stars Montana McNealy and Danielle Duman are chosen as the NWC Pitcher and Hitter of the Week, respectively Watch Live | Live Stats

'Cats head to NWC Tournament on a roll - April 19th 2015
Linfield trounces Willamette on Senior Day, outscoring the Bearcats 19-1 in a tuneup for the conference playoffs in Spokane |

Fletcher's bat keeps 'Cats in contention - April 18th 2015
Hitting a record three home runs and two doubles, Cheyenne Fletcher nearly single-handedly keeps Linfield in the NWC playoff hunt |

Strikeout ace McNealy earns NWC honor - April 14th 2015
After registering three wins and a save, Linfield's Montana McNealy is named the NWC's Student-Athlete Pitcher of the Week

Wildcats put the squeeze on Pirates - April 12th 2015
McKenna Spieth's suicide squeeze bunt nets the winning Game 1 run, but a four-run first inning lifts Whitworth to a win in Game 2 |

McNealy spins first career no-hitter - April 11th 2015
Montana McNealy strikes out 12 batters to earn her first collegiate no-hitter, but Whitworth bounces back with 12 hits in Game 2 |

Right field has international flavor - April 8th 2015
Trips to Argentina and China expand outfielder Erin Carson's worldly view

All about angles, rotation and speed - April 8th 2015
Mathematics mind Montana McNealy applies her knowledge inside pitching circle and inside the classroom

'Cats beat Loggers behind Buss, Fletcher - April 8th 2015
Alissa Buss has five hits, Cheyenne Fletcher blasts her second grand slam in five days and Linfield sweeps Puget Sound 8-1 and 7-3 |

Fletcher, Duman, Dunn push 'Cats by Lutes - April 4th 2015
Cheyenne Fletcher has 7 RBI, Danielle Duman hits her NWC-leading 11th homer, and Maddy Dunn earns a shutout as Linfield sweeps PLU |

Tauscher hits 2 homers, Linfield routs UPS - April 3rd 2015
Erin Tauscher blasts two home runs, Montana McNealy and Maddy Dunn earn pitching wins, and the 'Cats gain ground in the NWC race |

Duman named NWC Player of the Week - March 31st 2015
After hitting six home runs in eight games, sophomore slugger Danielle Duman is chosen as NWC Position Player of the Week

Safe to Say: Middelstadt on a Good Path - March 30th 2015
Base-stealing star and senior outfielder Grace Middelstadt has multiple career options after her time at Linfield comes to a close

Bruins walk on by Wildcats 10-2 and 6-5 - March 29th 2015
Eleven walks prove fatal for Linfield against opportunistic George Fox, which sweeps the Wildcats for the first time since 2001 |

Turnabout is Fair Play - March 28th 2015
Linfield and Pacific wage a pair of topsy-turvy battles in McMinnville as each team rallies from multi-run deficits to win |

Vaughan wins 500th, Wildcats pummel Poets - March 24th 2015
Coach Jackson Vaughan guides LInfield to a pair of lopsided wins over SCIAC leader Whittier, reaching the 500-victory plateau |

Hit Parade: 'Cats pile up 28 hits on 'Dogs - March 23rd 2015
Coming off a 3-hit outing, an angry Linfield team erupts for 28 hits, including 7 homers, in twin routs of NCAA rival Redlands |

Two Sides of the Coin - March 21st 2015
Linfield looks impressive in a dominating win over Claremont in Game 1, yet struggles in a three-hit shutout loss in Game 2 |

Rain scuttles NWC set at Puget Sound - March 15th 2015
Persistent wet weather forces the postponement of Sunday's Northwest Conference doubleheader in Tacoma, Wash.

Narrow loss follows lopsided win at PLU - March 14th 2015
An eight-run rule romp over the Lutes in the opener doesn't automatically translate into a sweep for the 'Cats in Parkland, Wash. |

Pacific erases years of frustration - March 8th 2015
The opportunistic Boxers get solid pitching and timely hitting to produce the first doubleheader sweep of the Wildcats since 1998 |

'Cats, Bruins each win once in McMinnville - March 7th 2015
Montana McNealy pitches a complete-game one-hit shutout in Game 1, but the Bruins build an early lead and hang on in the nightcap |

Say It Isn't So: Pioneers topple Wildcats - March 1st 2015
Lewis & Clark scores a major victory by taking Game 2 of the NWC twinbill, ending a string of 53 straight defeats to Linfield |

Linfield pounces on L&C for two wins - February 28th 2015
Alissa Buss has five hits and four RBI, Kenzie Scmoll goes 4-for-6, and Montana McNealy and Maddy Dunn collect pitching victories |

No Contest: Wildcats tame Tigers twice - February 22nd 2015
Alissa Buss has six hits and Montana McNealy piles up 10 strikeouts as Linfield twice thumps Occidental 9-0 in 5 innings |

Late-inning heroics keep 'Cats unbeaten - February 20th 2015
Home runs by McKenna Spieth and Cheyenne Fletcher give Linfield an extra-innings Game 2 win, capping a two-game sweep of Cal Lu |

Wildcats roll, then rally, past Leopards - February 19th 2015
Led by Montana McNealy's pitching and Danielle Duman's hitting, Linfield opens the 2015 season with a two-game sweep of La Verne |

All-Skills Clinics coming in January - December 21st 2014
Stressing skill development and fundamentals, two instructional clinics for girls ages 13-18 scheduled for Jan. 17 and Jan. 31 Registration Form

Garcia, Paavola named NFCA All-Americans - May 22nd 2014
Seniors Ashley Garcia and Karina Paavola receive national acclaim following strong seasons on the diamond Complete NFCA All-America Team | Linfield All-Americans

Biology, softball mix well for Yamamoto - May 20th 2014
Linfield's Lisa Yamamoto becomes just the fifth player in program history to be named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team Complete Academic All-America Team

NFCA picks six - May 11th 2014
In recognition of a dominating season, six Wildcats are named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association West Region all-star team Complete NFCA All-Region Teams

Wildcats ousted from NCAA Playoffs - May 9th 2014
Bookend one-run defeats to Claremont and Redlands leave Linfield on the outside looking in at the NCAA Redlands Regional CMS Box | Redlands Box | Postgame Press Conference |

NCAA sends Linfield to California - May 5th 2014
The Wildcats earn the No. 1 seed in a three-team regional that starts Friday at the University of Redlands Printable Tournament Bracket

Linfield duo strong in classroom, on field - May 4th 2014
Wildcats Lisa Yamamoto and Shelby VandeBergh add Capital One Academic All-District honors to their recent all-NWC recognition Complete All-District Teams

Nine is Fine - May 1st 2014
Nine Linfield Wildcats are named to the Northwest Conference all-star team, including Pitcher of the Year Karina Paavola | All-Time Linfield NWC All-Stars

Tournament Champs! Wildcats wax Boxers - April 19th 2014
Karina Paavola strikes out 11 Pacific batters and Grace Middelstadt goes 4-for-4 as Linfield clinches a trip to the NCAA Playoffs | | NWC Championship Website |

Making A Statement - April 18th 2014
Linfield belts five home runs in 10 innings to seize command on the first day of the Northwest Conference Tournament Willamette Box | Pacific Box | |

Linfield, Willamette trade beatdowns - April 13th 2014
The Wildcats pile up 16 hits in a runaway Game 1 but the Bearcats keep their NWC hopes alive with a 10-2 upset in the Game 2 | | NWC Tournament Website |

Close, but no cigar for Bearcats - April 12th 2014
Karina Paavola ties a Linfield record with her 71st pitching victory and the Wildcats prevail in a pair of tight NWC contests | | |

Title Town - April 6th 2014
A four-game sweep of Whitworth earns Linfield its 11th straight NWC championship, tying a conference record |

Lights-out pitching casts Pirates adrift - April 5th 2014
Linfield pitchers pile up 27 strikeouts, leaving Whitworth's hopes of supplanting the 10-time NWC champions on the rocks |

Linfield buzzsaw trims UPS down to size - March 31st 2014
Grace Middelstadt smacks four hits and scores four times and the Wildcats outscore the Loggers 22-0 in two five-inning games |

Scratch and Claw - March 30th 2014
Old NWC adversaries Linfield and PLU play a cat-and-mouse doubleheader with each team providing one big inning to secure a win |

Got the Tigers by the Tail - March 25th 2014
Linfield rolls up 25 hits while holding the Trinity Tigers to just three in a pair of shutouts in San Antonio, Texas |

One-run stunners - March 24th 2014
Unheralded Mary Hardin-Baylor knocks off 10th-ranked Linfield twice in the heart of Texas, 1-0 and 2-1 |

Wildcats fire opening salvo, Tigers answer - March 22nd 2014
In a potential NCAA playoff preview, No. 10 Linfield and No. 5 East Texas Baptist divide a midseason skirmish in Marshall, Texas |

Texas Turnabout - March 21st 2014
With both pitching staffs experiencing rough patches, Linfield and UT-Tyler each forge lopsided wins in a matchup of Top-10 teams |

'Cat bats tap 22 hits, sting Yellowjackets - March 20th 2014
Tenth-ranked Linfield bounces back from its only loss of the season with a dominating sweep of LeTourneau of Texas |

Brosig, Paavola top NWC voting - March 19th 2014
Seniors Katy Brosig and Karina Paavola turn in outstanding efforts to earn Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors NFCA Top 25 Poll

Bruins end 52-game losing skid to Wildcats - March 16th 2014
George Fox pitchers Allyssa DenDekker and Erin Hento hold Linfield scoreless in Game 2, ending a trail of futility dating to 2001 |

Big bursts batter Boxers - March 15th 2014
Fueled by McKenna Spieth and Erin Carson, No. 11 Linfield powers past Pacific; Sunday games move to 11 a.m. due to oncoming rain |

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb - March 12th 2014
Linfield beats sweeps Pacific, one of the Northwest Conference's hottest teams, in a pair of one-run games at Del Smith Stadium |

Loggers no match for unbeaten Wildcats - March 8th 2014
Linfield runs its series win streak over Puget Sound to 31 games, dealing the Loggers a pair of matching 9-1 defeats | | |

Six-run explosion keys NWC sweep - March 7th 2014
Ashley Garcia's 19th career home run ignites a two-game sweep of rival Pacific Lutheran; Saturday's games pushed ahead to 11 a.m. | | |

NWC honors Paavola - March 4th 2014
Tossing two pitching victories on the same day earns Karina Paavola Northwest Conference Student-Athlete Pitcher of the Week

Wildcats beat Bruins twice, 10-2 and 3-2 - March 1st 2014
Lisa Yamamoto goes 4-for-7 with three doubles and Karina Paavola earns two pitching wins for Linfield, which improves to 6-0 |

VandeBergh is NWC Pitcher of the Week - February 25th 2014
Shelby VandeBergh's third career no-hitter earns the senior Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week honors

Series Shutout - February 23rd 2014
Linfield completes a four-game blanking of Lewis & Clark, outscoring the Pioneers 36-0, including 10-0 and 8-0 Sunday |

VandeBergh, Paavola blank L&C - February 22nd 2014
Senior pitchers Shelby VandeBergh and Karina Paavola combine to hold the Pioneers to one hit in two abbreviated NWC games |

No Surprise: Prestianni is Linfield's top female athlete - June 3rd 2013
Karleigh Prestianni is named Female Athlete of the Year after leading the softball team to a fourth straight conference crown and delivering career-highs for batting average, on-base percentage, doubles and RBI

Tenacity earns Paavola the Vern Marshall Award - May 30th 2013
Overcoming nagging injuries at the same time developing new wrinkles in her pitching arsenal, Karina Paavola's resilience on the softball diamond makes the junior pitcher a cut above

Videos

2014 NWC Tournament Highlights (4/19) 04/21/2014
Cat Chat with Haylie Watson 04/15/2014
Cat Chat with Katy Brosig 04/04/2014
Pacific Lutheran Game Highlights 03/07/2014