Game 2 Box Score
WEST LINN, Ore. – Top-ranked Linfield College achieved its 16th consecutive 20-win season, silencing an improving George Fox Bruins club twice Saturday at Rosemont Middle School.
The location was moved 37 miles east due to poor conditions at Linfield’s home diamond, but the outcome was fairly predictable. The seven-time Northwest Conference conference champion Wildcats blanked the Bruins 8-0 and 12-0 in a pair of contests shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.
Linfield all-star Emily Keagbine went 5-for-6 with a home run and seven RBIs in the twinbill and Emilee Lepp hit her 16th home run of the season as the Wildcats (21-2, 10-1 NWC) outhit the Bruins 26-9 en route to the doubleheader sweep. George Fox dipped to 7-15, 1-9 NWC).
Claire Velaski and Shelby VandeBergh combined for a five-inning shutout, holding George Fox to six hits and a couple of walks. Each pitcher had two strikeouts, though Velaski earned the victory to improve to 10-1 for the season.
Kayla Hubrich went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to pace a 12-hit Linfield attack.
GFU leadoff hitter Renteria was 2-for-3 in a losing cause.
The Wildcats pounced on the Bruins for six runs in the first two innings, scoring twice in the first frame and four more times in the second.
Staci Doucette and Keagbine each drove in runs in the opening stanza to give Linfield a 2-0 advantage. Hubrich drove a triple to left field that touched off a four-run second inning.
Lepp’s one-out solo homer in the fourth put the ‘Cats in front 7-0 before Hubrich added a run-scoring single in the fifth.
The nightcap followed the first game’s scoring pattern, with Linfield bolting to a commanding lead in the opening two innings.
Doucette went 3-for-3 with a double, Keagbine blasted her 10th home run of the season, and the Wildcats didn’t waste any time in ganging up on Bruins pitcher Erin Hento.
Hento, who allowed 14 hits and 12 earned runs without registering a single strikeout, took the loss to fall to 6-7.
For Keagbine, it was the 34th roundtripper of her career, pulling her even with Lepp for second on Linfield’s all-time power-hitting list.
Lauren Harvey earned her seventh pitching victory of the season against no losses. She tossed the game’s first three innings, allowing two hits. Relievers Hannah Muller and Karina Paavola allowed just a single hit over the final two innings.
NEXT: Linfield was scheduled to meet Lewis & Clark in McMinnville on Sunday but field conditions have again dictated that the doubleheader be shifted to West Linn's Rosemont Middle School.