Game 2 Box Score
HERMISTON, Ore. – Top-ranked Linfield delivered two more lopsided victories over the Whitworth Pirates Monday, completing a four-game sweep of the Northwest Conference series marred by extreme weather and soggy playing conditions. The Wildcats (6-0, 4-0 NWC) won the opener 10-1 in six innings before rolling to a 15-2 triumph in the five-inning nightcap.
The series, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on Whitworth’s home field in Spokane, Wash., was moved to Pasco before being delayed a day due to high winds. The first two rescheduled games were completed, but on Monday, the teams awoke to snow in the Tri-Cities and again were forced to relocate, this time to Hermiston High School.
For the series, Linfield outscored Whitworth 48-6 while holding the Pirates to a .162 batting average. Five Wildcats with at least two at-bats hit over .500 for the series. Six different players hit home runs as Linfield raised its season total to 14 in six games.
Linfield sluggers Staci Doucette and Karleigh Prestianni (Sr., Grants Pass, Ore.) each hit home runs to power a 12-hit attack. Jaydee Baxter went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, Ashley Garcia (Jr., Beaverton, Ore.) was 2-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases, and Hayley Watson had a pair of hits.
Lauren Harvey pitched five solid innings in a starting role, allowing three hits and one walk with a pair of strikeouts. Heralded freshman Montana McNealy (Soph., Aloha, Ore.) made her collegiate debut in relief, striking out all three batters she faced in the sixth inning.
Baxter continued her precision at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a three-run home run, part of a nine-run explosion in the fourth.
Garcia went 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBI, while Emilee Lepp was 2-for-4 with a home run, her second of the season.
Linfield outhit Whitworth 16-3.
AHEAD: The Wildcats visit Lewis & Clark on Saturday before returning to McMinnville to host Pacific. Both NWC doubleheaders start at noon with live internet play-by-play starting at 11:50 a.m.
5-for-7, 4 RBI, 2 stolen bases
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