Game 2 Box Score
WEST LINN, Ore. – Led by three home runs from senior Emily Keagbine, Linfield obliterated Lewis & Clark in Northwest Conference doubleheader, 12-4 and 20-1, Sunday at Rosemont Middle School.
Both contests, moved to a neutral field when both team’s home fields were deemed unplayable, were shorted to five innings by the eight-run rule.
Linfield, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III, amassed some gaudy statistics during the sweep of the Pioneers, including a .561 team batting average, 37 hits, 11 doubles, six home runs and 12 stolen bases.
Eleven Wildcats registered hits in the twinbill, including seven each from Keagbine and Kayla Hubrich. All seven Linfield pitchers saw action, combining for 12 strikeouts while giving up just two extra-base hits.
The seven-time NWC champion Wildcats improved to 8-0, both overall and in the conference. Lewis & Clark saw its record slide to 2-8 and 0-4 in the NWC.
Jaydee Baxter had three hits, including two doubles, and Keagbine went 3-for-3 with five RBIs, helping Linfield build an 8-0 lead after an inning and a half.
Hubrich tripled to score a pair of runs in the second inning, part of a seven-run avalanche that put the game quickly out of reach.
The Wildcats added four more runs in the fourth to lead 12-0 before the Pioneers finally got on the board with four runs in the fifth.
Claire Velaski earned the win to improve to 4-0, striking out four batters and yielding one hit across two innings. Hannah Muller took over in relief and held the Pioneers hitless for two innings in her collegiate debut. Wildcats senior Elise Karscig pitched the final inning, giving up three hits and a walk that enabled L&C to push across its four runs.
Hubrich, the leadoff hitter, went 5-for-5 and scored three times, Baxter and Keagbine each homered twice, and the Wildcats piled up a single-game club record 27 hits in nightcap.
Linfeld piled up 14 hits and 11 runs in the second inning as the Pioneers cycled through three pitchers in an attempt to slow down the Linfield bats.
Freshman Karina Paavola collected her first collegiate pitching victory in relief.
COMING UP: Linfield hosts Concordia-Portland in a makeup doubleheader Wednesday starting at 3 p.m.