Game 2 Box Score
PORTLAND, Ore. – The No. 1 Linfield softball club was not short on offense as it soundly defeated Lewis & Clark in a pair of five-inning games Thursday afternoon at the Huston Sports Complex.
The doubleheader was moved to Lewis & Clark’s home venue due to poor field conditions at Linfield, but the ‘Cats did not appear to be rattled by the change, winning both games by the scores of 12-4 and 18-4.
The Wildcats (29-2, 18-1 NWC) completed the season sweep against the Pioneers (7-22, 1-17 NWC), winning all four contests in five innings.
Sluggers Emilee Lepp and Staci Doucette both had perfect days at the plate. Lepp was 6-for-6 with five RBI and one home run and Doucette went 4-for-4 with seven RBI and two home runs.
Linfield took an early 4-0 lead after the first inning, thanks in part to a three-run blast by Karleigh Prestianni.
After scoring twice in the second, the Pioneers knotted the score at 4-4 in the top of the third inning when Caroline DeVincenzi hit a two-run homer off of Shelby VandeBergh.
The ‘Cats quickly turned the tie game into a distant memory, crossing the plate four times in the fourth frame. The biggest play of the inning came when Lepp doubled to right field to score three runners.
Emily Keagbine supplied the game-winning run in the bottom of the fifth. She singled with the bases loaded to bring home Kayla Hubrich.
VandeBergh earned her first career win after giving up only a pair of hits, including the home run, over two innings of work.
Offensively, Lepp was 4-for-4 with five RBI, Hubrich went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Keagbine was 3-for-4 with three RBI.
The Wildcats found themselves in unfamiliar territory, down 4-0 entering the bottom of the first. The deficit did not last long, however, as the Linfield rattled off six scores in a single inning to take the lead.
Doucette got things going with a three-run homer. Alex Hartmann then hit a sacrifice fly to score two runners and Hubrich added an RBI single.
The second inning spelled doom for the Pioneers and starting pitcher Paige McFeeley as the ‘Cats exploded for 11 runs. The offensive downpour was highlighted by Doucette’s grand slam. Keagbine, not to be outdone, also hit one out of the park, this one a two-run homer.
Ten different Linfield players tallied hits in the victory. Doucette and Hubrich both were 3-for-3 and Prestianni, Hartmann and Sami Keim all went 2-for-3.
Despite giving up four runs, two of which were earned, Claire Velaski picked up her 13th win of the year.
NEXT: Linfield travels to Salem for a four-game series against Willamette. The Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders both begin at noon.