Linfield Wildcats
March 03, 2013
'Cats claw back into first place
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

PORTLAND, Ore. – An impressive road sweep of Lewis & Clark on Sunday vaulted the 12th-ranked Linfield Wildcats into a familiar position – first place in the Northwest Conference standings.

The Wildcats (6-2, 6-2 NWC) blanked the Pioneers during both ends of a doubleheader at Huston Sports Complex, leapfrogging Lewis & Clark (10-6, 5-3 NWC) into the top spot after two weekends of conference play. Sharing second place with L&C are the George Fox Bruins who won twice at Puget Sound, the Pacific Boxers, who swept Willamette, and preseason favorite Pacific Lutheran, which split a Sunday doubleheader at Whitworth to fall one game back of the pace. All four clubs sit at 5-3 in the conference standings.

Haylie Watson clubbed a home run and Karina Paavola and Shelby VandeBergh each earned their second pitching victories of the weekend as the Wildcats shutout the Pioneers 8-0 and 6-0. The first game was truncated to five runs by the eight-run rule.

GAME 1

Paavola and reliever Maddy Dunn (Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) combined for a one-hit shutout, limiting the Pioneers to just one base runner in the second inning. Together the two Linfield pitchers struck out five batters without yielding a walk.

The Wildcats scored in every inning but the fourth, getting a three-run burst in the third to jump in front 6-0. That inning included RBI triple by Garcia and a run-scoring single from Watson.

Garcia went 2 for 3 and scored twice, part of a 10-hit onslaught by the Wildcats. Erin Carson (Sr., Camas, Wash.) also drove in a pair of runs.

GAME 2
Leadoff hitter Grace Middelstadt (Sr., Battle Ground, Wash.) enjoyed a pair of hits, including a double, and stole two bases to spark the ‘Cats to the second shutout.

Karleigh Prestianni and Lisa Yamamoto (Sr., Carson City, Nev.) also had two hits for Linfield, which again outhit L&C by a 10-1 margin.

VandeBergh and Montana McNealy (Sr., Aloha, Ore.) teamed for a seven-inning blanking of the Pioneers. Together they combined for 11 strikeouts, seven by the hard-throwing McNealy, who held L&C without a hit or walk across the final three innings.

NEXT: Linfield packs its bags for Columbus, Georgia, where the Wildcats will compete in the prestigious NFCA Leadoff Classic. The tournament features a Who’s Who of top tier Division III programs. Linfield meets Ithaca (N.Y.) Friday at 7 a.m. Pacific time. Later the same day, the ‘Cats oppose Gustavas Adolphus at 9:30. Ithaca is ranked No. 21 in the most recent NFCA poll.
 

Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
 
Action Image

Haylie Watson
First home run of season

More Information
Linfield Softball
Softball Schedule
Softball Roster & Bios
Softball Season Statistics
Recent Headlines
All-Skills Clinics coming in January
By all accounts, a great year
Garcia, Paavola named NFCA All-Americans
Biology, softball mix well for Yamamoto
Linfield Sports Communication
Kelly Bird
Director of Sports Information

Linfield College
McMinnville, OR 97128
Email: kbird@linfield.edu
Phone: 503-883-2439
Katherine Brackmann
Assistant Director - External Relations

Email: kbrackm@linfield.edu
Phone: 503-883-2372