Game 2 Box Score
Whittier, Calif. – It was another show of No. 1 Linfield’s high-powered offense, as the Wildcats closed their spring break trip by putting up 25 runs on host Whittier College Wednesday afternoon at Palmer Field.
The ‘Cats (19-2) opened the doubleheader with a 13-2 victory and held the Poets (17-9) scoreless in the nightcap, winning 12-0.
Linfield continued its dominance at the plate, racking up seven home runs on the day. The Wildcat pitchers were just as good, combining to give up only nine hits in the doubleheader.
The ‘Cats blew open a scoreless game in the fifth inning, tallying six runs. Emilee Lepp started things off with grand slam. Three batters later, Karleigh Prestianni hit another home run, scoring two.
Linfield put up seven more points over the final two innings.
In the top of the seventh, Kayla Hubrich tripled to left field, scoring two runners. Next at the plate was Jaydee Baxter, who singled to bring home Hubrich. Lepp capped off the scoring fest with her second homer of the day, this one a two-run blast.
Whitter scored one run each in the sixth and seventh innings.
Lauren Harvey pitched a complete game for the ‘Cats, giving up eight hits scattered across seven innings.
Lepp went 3-for-4 with seven RBI, just one shy of Linfield’s single-game record, set by teammate Staci Doucette. Hubrich was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Not to be outdone by the offense, the Linfield pitching staff demonstrated its prowess, silencing the Poets’ bats in the nightcap. Claire Velaski earned her ninth win of the season after surrendering only one hit and striking out four in five innings of work. Elise Karscig pitched one inning in her relief, giving up zero hits.
The ‘Cats got on the board quicker in the second game, thanks to a two-run homer by Lepp in the top of the third inning.
Linfield would score four more runs in the fourth and six in the final inning.
All six scores in the last inning came from home runs. Leading off in the top of the sixth, Ashley Garcia hit her first career homer.
The Poets sent reliever Anna Cade to the mound, but she was immediately ripped for two more home runs. Lepp lit up the Whittier pitcher first, hitting her second grand slam of the afternoon. The very next batter, Doucette, hit a solo home run to left field.
Lepp was 4-for-4 with six RBI and two runs scored. She now has 15 home runs on the season, 11 of which occurred over the 12 games in California.
Teammate Baxter went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored in the second game.
NEXT: Linfield returns home to host Northwest Conference and Yamhill County rival George Fox in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.