Linfield Wildcats
March 30, 2014
Scratch and Claw
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Game 2 Box Score
PARKLAND, Wash. – In a cat-and-mouse Northwest Conference doubleheader Sunday at muddy PLU Field, old adversaries Linfield and Pacific Lutheran took turns pulling big innings out of the hat to secure Northwest Conference victories.
Scratching and clawing to save a once-promising season, the Lutes (8-18, 5-9 NWC) withstood several rallies by the fifth-ranked Wildcats in the opener before cinching a 7-5 win. Linfield (22-6, 16-2 NWC) came through with the late-inning magic for a 5-2 victory in the nightcap.
GAME 1: Pacific Lutheran 7, Linfield 5
A five-run fourth inning vaulted the Lutes past the Wildcats in a back-and-forth opener.
Lisa Yamamoto (Sr., Carson City, Nev.) launched the first pitch of the second inning over the left-field fence off PLU starter Leah Butters. It was Yamamoto's first home run of the season. A two-out sacrifice by Erin Carson (Sr., Camas, Wash.) pushed home Alissa Buss (So., Port Orchard, Wash.) and Linfield owned a two-run lead in the early going.
PLU answered with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning by Katie Lowery, cutting the margin in half at 2-1.
The Lutes exploded for five runs in the fateful fourth to take command, highlighted by a three-run double from Spencer Sherwin. Wildcats starter Karina Paavola struck out three Lutes but also conceded three walks and seven hits before being chased from the game with two outs in the fourth.
Trailing 6-2, the Wildcats made a run at the Lutes in the closing innings. A two-run single by Katy Brosig drew Linfield to within two, but PLU got one run right back in the bottom of the sixth. Ashley Garcia gave the ‘Cats hope with a leadoff home run in the seventh, but Lutes reliever Kelsey Robinson coaxed ground outs from Erin Kinney (So., Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Yamamoto and Haylie Watson to end the game.
Both teams recorded eight hits. Lowery went 2-for-4 and Emily McConnell was 2-for-3 with two runs scored to carry PLU.
Butters (4-9) recorded just one strikeout but earned the win nonetheless. Paavola absorbed the loss to fall to 13-3. Montana McNealy (Sr., Aloha, Ore.) allowed one hit and an unearned run to PLU in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
In addition to their respective home runs, Yamamoto and Garcia both came through with single base hits in the game.
GAME 2: Linfield 5, Pacific Lutheran 2
PLU found itself in the position of playing from behind in Game 2, only to see Linfield rewarded with the starring role in the final inning.
Kinney and Maddy Dunn (Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) each smacked two hits for the Wildcats, who emerged from 2-all tie to produce a three-run seventh inning that forged the doubleheader split.
Garcia singled to lead off the seventh, eventually coming around for the winning run on Dunn's RBI single to right field. Watson and Spieth also drove in runs during the inning.
Shelby VandeBergh pitched a complete-game victory, surrendering nine hits and a pair of walks but striking out five batters to boost her record to 6-2. Robinson, the PLU starter, was handcuffed with the loss, falling to 4-8. Robinson gave up 11 hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings and gave up all five runs, four of them earned.
NEXT: Linfield heads across Tacoma to play a makeup doubleheader at Puget Sound starting at noon Monday.
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McKenna Spieth
Two key tags at home in Game 2
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