Game 2 Box Score
Career Record Book
ORANGE, Calif. – Totaling 30 hits across 10 innings of action, the No. 1 Linfield Wildcats looked worthy of their lofty ranking, clobbering the Chapman Panthers 10-2 and 15-2 at El Camino Real Park in a pair of nonconference games shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.
The Wildcats improved to 13-2 for the season, winning for the fifth time in six games on their current spring break trek through Southern California. The Panthers dropped to 7-15.
Linfield starter Claire Velaski struck out seven batters and scattered six hits in a game that was shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule. Velaski pitched the duration to improve to 7-1 for the season.
Leadoff hitter Kayla Hubrich smacked her first career home run while driving home four runs and going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Leading 2-1, the Wildcats plated six runs in the fourth inning. Karleigh Prestianni provided a two-run double, Alex Hartmann launched an RBI triple, and Hubrich connected on a three-run homer to blow the game open.
Hubrich and Ashley Garcia (Sr., Beaveton, Ore.) each added RBI singles in the fifth to push the Wildcats to an eight-run advantage.
Hartmann tied the Linfield career doubles record, Hubrich and Garcia were each 3-for-4 at the plate, and the Wildcats pounded 19 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.
Linfield bolted to a fast 5-0 lead in the first inning. After Hubrich singled to open the game, Jaydee Baxter drilled a triple to left-center field and Emily Keagbine popped a two-run double that plated Kristin Herren and Lepp.
The Wildcats added to the Panthers’ misery in the second with a three-run homer by Staci Doucette, her sixth of the season.
Chapman starter Katie Terry was relieved in the second by Rhianna Stepler-Camp and promptly gave up three consecutive doubles to the Wildcats, including the record-tying two-bagger by Hartmann that pushed Linfield’s lead to 10-0. It was Hartmann’s 48th career double, moving her into a tie with record holder Meredith Brunette, who achieved the record between 2005 and 2008.
The Wildcats led 13-0 after three innings and 15-0 after five frames before the Panthers avoided the shutout with two runs in the fifth.
Lauren Harvey earned the win to improve to 4-0. Harvey pitched the first two innings, then turned the game over to Karina Paavola (Sr., Kelso, Wash.). Together, Harvey and Paavola held Chapman to five hits and one walk.
Lepp added her team-leading ninth home run of the season with a two-run blast in the third inning.
AHEAD: Linfield heads to the eastern side of the Los Angeles basin for a Sunday matchup against sixth-ranked Redlands. Action starts at noon.
Equals Linfield's career doubles mark
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