Game 2 Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Shelby VandeBergh (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) spun a five-inning no-hitter and Karina Paavola (Sr., Kelso, Wash.) allowed just one hit in another abbreviated Northwest Conference rout by the Linfield Wildcats, who continued their mastery of the the Lewis & Clark Pioneers Saturday afternoon at Del Smith Stadium.
The 14th-ranked Wildcats notched matching shutout victories in their season-opening doubleheader, part of a four-game weekend homestand featuring the two NWC ballclubs.
GAME 1: Linfield 10, Lewis & Clark 0, 5 innings
Paavola was commanding in her senior debut, striking out six Pioneers in five innings while conceding just a single hit.
Wildcats slugger Ashley Garcia (Sr., Beaveton, Ore.) smacked two hits and drove in three runs, Haylie Watson (Sr., Puyallup, Wash.) doubled and drove in a pair of runs, and the Wildcats piled up 10 hits on three L&C pitchers.
A seven-run third inning put Linfield squarely in control. Watson's double drove home Erin Carson (Jr., Camas, Wash.) and pinch runner Alissa Buss (Fr., Port Orchard, Wash.) for the game's initial runs. Garcia later delivered a two-run single to score Grace Middelstadt (Jr., Battle Ground, Wash.) and McKenna Spieth (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.). Lisa Yamamoto (Jr., Carson City, Nev.) added a double to push home Garcia from second.
Jill Pinder took the loss in the pitching circle for Lewis & Clark. Pinder allowed five hits and five walks in just two innings before turning the game over to relievers Hallie Knife and Kalin Rooney.
GAME 2: Linfield 8, Lewis & Clark 0, 5 innings
VandeBergh struck out five without allowing a hit, recording her third career no-hitter.
Linfield opened the scoring in the first inning with a perfectly executed squeeze play. Garcia tapped a bunt down the first-base line, opening the door for Katie Brosig to reach home.
Yamamoto led off the Linfield second inning with a triple, which was followed by a RBI single from Maddy Dunn (Soph., Lake Oswego, Ore.) for a quick 2-0 lead. Yamamoto then added a RBI of her own in the third.
Freshman Danielle Duman (Fr., Eugene, Ore.) blasted a three-run home run in the fifth and Carson added the finishing touches with a RBI double that scored Kristen Vroom (Soph., El Sobrante, Calif.) from third base.
The Wildcats accounted for nine hits on Lewis & Clark pitchers Madison Hollenbeck and Knife. Hollenbeck took the loss to fall to 2-2.
NEXT: The Wildcats and Pioneers complete the four-game set Sunday starting at noon at Linfield's Del Smith Stadium.
Third career no-hitter
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