Game 2 Box Score
Career Record Book
ORANGE, Calif. – Totaling 30 hits across 10 innings of action, the No. 1 Linfield Wildcats looked worthy of their lofty ranking, clobbering the Chapman Panthers 10-2 and 15-2 at El Camino Real Park in a pair of nonconference games shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.
The Wildcats improved to 13-2 for the season, winning for the fifth time in six games on their current spring break trek through Southern California. The Panthers dropped to 7-15.
Linfield starter Claire Velaski struck out seven batters and scattered six hits in a game that was shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule. Velaski pitched the duration to improve to 7-1 for the season.
Leadoff hitter Kayla Hubrich smacked her first career home run while driving home four runs and going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Leading 2-1, the Wildcats plated six runs in the fourth inning. Karleigh Prestianni provided a two-run double, Alex Hartmann launched an RBI triple, and Hubrich connected on a three-run homer to blow the game open.
Hubrich and Ashley Garcia each added RBI singles in the fifth to push the Wildcats to an eight-run advantage.
Hartmann tied the Linfield career doubles record, Hubrich and Garcia were each 3-for-4 at the plate, and the Wildcats pounded 19 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.
Linfield bolted to a fast 5-0 lead in the first inning. After Hubrich singled to open the game, Jaydee Baxter drilled a triple to left-center field and Emily Keagbine popped a two-run double that plated Kristin Herren and Lepp.
The Wildcats added to the Panthers’ misery in the second with a three-run homer by Staci Doucette, her sixth of the season.
Chapman starter Katie Terry was relieved in the second by Rhianna Stepler-Camp and promptly gave up three consecutive doubles to the Wildcats, including the record-tying two-bagger by Hartmann that pushed Linfield’s lead to 10-0. It was Hartmann’s 48th career double, moving her into a tie with record holder Meredith Brunette, who achieved the record between 2005 and 2008.
The Wildcats led 13-0 after three innings and 15-0 after five frames before the Panthers avoided the shutout with two runs in the fifth.
Lauren Harvey earned the win to improve to 4-0. Harvey pitched the first two innings, then turned the game over to Karina Paavola. Together, Harvey and Paavola held Chapman to five hits and one walk.
Lepp added her team-leading ninth home run of the season with a two-run blast in the third inning.
AHEAD: Linfield heads to the eastern side of the Los Angeles basin for a Sunday matchup against sixth-ranked Redlands. Action starts at noon.