Game 2 Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Katy Brosig and Ashley Garcia combined for eight hits and 10 runs batted in Sunday at rainy Del Smith Stadium, where the Linfield Wildcats twice ran away from the Puget Sound Loggers by matching 9-1 scores. Both Northwest Conference contests were abbreviated to five innings by the eight-run rule.
Brosig counted a double and a triple among her four hits. Garcia accounted for a pair of doubles, a couple of singles and seven RBI for the unbeaten Wildcats (10-0, 10-0 NWC).
Limited to eight hits and just two runs, Puget Sound (0-9, 0-9 NWC) left McMinnville still in search of its first win.
GAME 1: Linfield 9, Puget Sound 1, 5 innings
Linfield produced five runs in the second inning, stirring together three hits, four walks and a fielding error to seize early command.
Haylie Watson put the first run on the scoreboard with a run-scoring double that sailed to the center-field wall, scoring pinch runner Alex Andreotti (So., San Francisco, Calif.). Kenzie Schmoll (So., Grants Pass, Ore.) tapped a single to plate pinch runner Alissa Buss (So., Port Orchard, Wash.) for a 2-0 lead. Brosig then drilled a two-run triple, and later scored from third base while the Loggers attempted unsuccessfully to pick off Garcia at first.
UPS notched its only run in the fourth. Lisa Colombo tripled to right field off the pitch of reliever Montana McNealy (Sr., Aloha, Ore.), then was driven home on a single by Rita McCreesh, cutting the Linfield lead to 5-1.
Linfield made certain the game would end early, pushing across four more runs in the bottom of the inning. Garcia zipped a two-run single through the infield, scoring Brosig and Grace Middelstadt (Sr., Battle Ground, Wash.). Maddy Dunn (Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Schmoll followed soon after with RBI singles.
Wildcats starter Karina Paavola earned her fifth win of the spring, pitching three scoreless innings before turning the game over to McNealy. Schmoll went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Brosig drove in a couple of runs and scored twice to pace the Wildcats offensively.
UPS starter Jaci Young (0-4) took the loss. She lasted just two innings before being relieved by Lani Augustine. Together, Young and Augustine surrendered eight walks and eight hits while logging just one strikeout apiece.
GAME 2: Linfield 9, Puget Sound 1, 5 innings
Garcia delivered a double that scored two runs in the first frame and Lisa Yamamoto (Sr., Carson City, Nev.) spiked a RBI single as the Wildcats built a fast 3-0 lead after one inning.
Like the first game, the Loggers picked up their only run in the fourth inning. Colombo reach base on an error by Schmoll, then was sacrificed to second by Chelsea Lindroth. Taylor Jones swatted a RBI single before being caught stealing herself at second.
The Wildcats got the run back and more in the bottom of the fourth. Garcia, Yamamoto and Danielle Duman (So., Eugene, Ore.) took turns driving in runs as Linfield extended its lead to 6-1. The game eventually ended on a two-run double by Garcia in the bottom of the fifth.
Shelby VandeBergh started in the circle for the Wildcats, pitching four innings and allowing one run. VandeBergh improved to 2-0 with the win. McNealy came in for the close, striking out two of the three batters she faced in the fifth.
‘CAT SCRATCH: McNealy recorded six strikeouts in three innings of action. . . Schmoll and Middeldstadt both contributed three hits in the truncated doubleheader. . . Middelstadt also stole three bases. . . Linfield stretched its softball series winning streak over Puget Sound to 31 . . . Garcia upped her career RBI total to 120, moving ahead of Jaydee Baxter's 116 to No. 8 on the all-time list.
COMING UP: Linfield hosts Pacific Wednesday afternoon in a rescheduled NWC doubleheader from March 2. Action starts at 5 p.m. with live internet coverage beginning at approximately 4:50.