Linfield Wildcats
March 24, 2014
One-run stunners
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
BELTON, Texas – Matching a streaky Mary Hardin-Baylor team hit-for-hit in the heart of Texas, the Linfield Wildcats could not produce the timely hits they needed and instead lost a pair of one-run contests to the Crusaders, 1-0 and 2-1, Monday afternoon at Dee Dillon Field.
 
In the midst of a six-city, 12-game barnstorming tour of the Lone Star State, the 10th-ranked Wildcats lost for the third straight time. Linfield (19-5) arrived in Texas with just two defeats.
 
Wildcats ace Karina Paavola was saddled with both losses, watching in horror as her unblemished record went up in smoke despite pitching an eight-strikeout, two-hitter in Game 1. Paavola (12-2) relieved Wildcats starter Shelby VandeBergh after five innings in Game 2, but gave up the clinching single in the sixth inning.
 
GAME 1: Mary Hardin-Baylor 1, Linfield 0
Paavola was her usual masterful self in the opener, striking out eight batters without giving up a walk. But UMHB made the senior pay for the two hits she did allow, producing the game's only run in the second inning.
 
In the decisive span, Victoria Gomez doubled, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Paavola. Kelsey Vann singled home the winning runs moments later.
 
Linfield twice put runners at first and second with two outs. But each time pitcher Haley Parker worked her way out of the jam, first by striking out Grace Middelstadt (Sr., Battle Ground, Wash.) in the second, then by coaxing Haylie Watson to pop out into the glove of Vann at second base in the sixth.
 
Erin Carson (Sr., Camas, Wash.) and Katy Brosig recorded Linfield's only hits in the game.
 
GAME 2: Mary Hardin-Baylor 2, Linfield 1
Freshman Corina Drake singled in the sixth inning to push home Kourtney Bevers for the winning run. Bevers led off the frame with a double and moved to third on sacrifice bunt by Leah Brown.
 
The Cru took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Myranda Hinojosa singled, setting the table for Gomez's RBI double.
 
Linfield evened the contest at 1 in the third. Katy Brosig and Ashley Garcia tapped back-to-back singles and Erin Kinney (So., Bainbridge Island, Wash.) followed with double to score Brosig.
 
Garcia and Kinney each had two hits in the game. Linfield and UMHB both finished with six total hits, but it was Drake's late single that proved the difference.
 
VandeBergh and Paavola managed just two strikeouts. Rebekah Ragsdale fanned six Wildcats and walked three to improve to 6-3 for the season.
 
Mary Hardin-Baylor (13-10) won its fifth straight game after snapping an earlier five-game losing slide.
 
‘CAT SCRATCH: Before Monday, Linfield had not lost three consecutive games since the 2010 season, falling twice to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and once to Cal Lutheran on the team's spring break trip to California. . . that season the Wildcats ended with a 42-7 record, falling by one run to East Texas Baptist in the NCAA championship game. . . Linfield is 4-4 on its current road trip . . .Brosig was the only Wildcat to pick up hits in each UMHB game. . . the senior has now hit successfully in 22 of her last 24 games.
 
NEXT: Linfield treks to San Antonio to battle the Trinity Tigers in a doubleheader Tuesday at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
 
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