Game 2 Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Seniors Jordan Mixsell and Emilee Lepp had four hits each and Karina Paavola (Jr., Kelso, Wash.) threw her second no-hitter in two weeks as fourth-ranked Linfield thumped Lewis & Clark in both ends of a Northwest Conference doubleheader Sunday at Del Smith Stadium.
The eight-time defending NWC champions (16-2, 14-2 NWC) won the opener in convincing fashion, 11-2, then blanked the visiting Pioneers 8-0 in the nightcap. Both contests were shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.
Linfield went 4-0 over the weekend, sweeping the Pioneers and Pacific in a pair of doubleheaders. All four games were halted after 5 innings. Lewis & Clark (0-16, 0-13 NWC) remained winless.
Mixsell went 3-for-3 with a double and drove in four runs to power the Wildcats to the victory in the opener.
Jaydee Baxter doubled twice and drove home three runs, Karleigh Prestianni (Sr., Grants Pass, Ore.) tapped three singles, had two RBI and scored twice for the Wildcats, who jumped on the Pioneers for 15 hits.
Lepp went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored, adding even more punch to the lineup.
A five-run first inning got things rolling as Linfield cycled through its batting order. Staci Doucette broke the ice with a run-scoring single, Mixsell drove in two runs with a double to center field, and Haylie Watson (Jr., Puyallup, Wash.) delivered a RBI single up the middle to make it 5-0.
Linfield added three runs each in both the second and third innings to put the game out of reach.
The Pioneers notched two runs in the fourth as Caroline DeVincenzi tripled off of Wildcats starter Lauren Harvey and Moriah Lane homered over the center-field wall to cut the deficit to 11-2.
Harvey moved to 7-1 for the season with the complete-game victory. She fanned five Pios while giving up three hits without issuing a walk.
Madison Hollenbeck (0-8) took the loss. She gave up 14 hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Paavola mowed down the first three batters she faced, a preview of things to come for the Pioneers in the nightcap. Once the dust had settled, Paavola had eight strikeouts against just one walk, picking up her second no-hitter in two weeks.
Lepp homered, stole two bases and scored twice.
A walk and a couple of wild pitches by Pioneers starter Natalie Rose were the impetus for the Wildcats’ initial run in the first inning.
Mixsell made it 4-0 in favor of the Wildcats with a three-run homer in the second, her fourth of the season.
Lepp’s home run was sent over the left-field fence in the third inning, her sixth of the season and 58th of her career.
Linfield put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. Garcia swatted a two-run single through the middle of the infield, scoring Lepp, then Watson ended it with a RBI single that plated Prestianni.
AHEAD: With Spring Break on the horizon, the Wildcats journey to southern California for 10 games over a six-day stretch. Linfield opens the trip with a doubleheader at Cal Lutheran, then faces regional rivals Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne and Redlands in order.
4 hits, 6 RBI
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