Linfield Wildcats
March 21, 2014
Texas Turnabout
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
TYLER, Texas – One good swat deserves another.
 
Top-10 NCAA Division III powerhouses Linfield and Texas-Tyler took turns beating up the other's pitching staff, resulting in a doubleheader standoff on a warm Friday afternoon at UT-Tyler Ballpark.
 
Each team entered the proverbial litmus test with just a single loss. In the opener, it was 10th-ranked Linfield pinning an 11-2 loss on UT-Tyler in a game that was halted after six innings by the eight-run rule. The No. 9 Patriots became the aggressors in the nightcap, rolling up nine hits in a 7-1 walkover.
 
GAME 1: Linfield 11, UT-Tyler 2, 6 innings
Katy Brosig and Lisa Yamamoto (Sr., Carson City, Nev.) each went 3-for-4, McKenna Spieth (Sr., Vancouver, Wash.) blasted her second home run of the season, and Karina Paavola tossed a complete-game victory for her 11th win of the season.
 
Linfield pounded 14 hits on three Patriots pitchers, including nine against starter Kelsie Batten, who lasted 4 1/3 innings.
 
The Wildcats plated three runs in the first inning, with Brosig, Erin Kinney (So., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Danielle Duman (So., Eugene, Ore.) all driving home runs. The Patriots snipped the margin to a single run in the second. From there, the ‘Cats pushed across four runs in the fifth, including Spieth's two-run homer, and three more in the sixth, with Lisa Yamamoto (Sr., Carson City, Nev.) powering home two runs with her second double.
 
Five Linfield starters had more than one hit in the contest. Kinney, Ashley Garcia, and Duman all picked up a couple of hits.
 
Paavola (11-0) fanned five Patriots while allowing five hits and two walks. Batten dropped to 12-2.
 
GAME 2: UT-Tyler 7, Linfield 1
This time, it was the Patriots turn to do the punishing. UTT jumped on Linfield for five first-inning runs and never looked back. Wildcats starter Montana McNealy (Sr., Aloha, Ore.) gave up single to the first three batters she faced and the Wildcats unraveled from there. 
 
Linfield scored its only run in the fourth when Brosig doubled to put Erin Carson (Sr., Camas, Wash.) on third base. She later scored on a sacrifice fly by Garcia.
 
McNealy, making her first starter of the season, lasted just one inning before Shelby VandeBergh took over the game. Together, the two Wildcats surrendered nine hits, seven runs, and struck out just one Patriot.
 
Alaina Kissinger (9-0) piled up seven strikeouts to earn the win for UTT.

Linfield moved to 18-2 for the season while UT-Tyler went to 21-2.
 
‘CAT SCRATCH: Friday's win over Texas-Tyler was only the second by Linfield in eight tries. . . the Patriots eliminated the Wildcats from playoff contention at last season's Tyler Regional. . . the Wildcats ended the Patriots' bid for a national title at the 2012 NCAA Finals.
 
NEXT: Linfield heads 60 miles east on I-20 to Marshall, Texas, where the ‘Cats face No. 5 East Texas Baptist in a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon Pacific time.
 
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