Linfield Completes Four Game Sweep of the Pirates

HERMISTON, Ore. – It was another rough day for the Whitworth softball team.  First the Pirates were forced to move to Hermiston due to snow on the field at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.  Then Whitworth was swept 10-1 and 15-2 by defending national champion Linfield as the Wildcats completed the four game sweep of the NWC series.

Linfield hit five more home runs on Monday and improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the NWC.  The Pirates fell to 2-8, 0-4 and will now look to pick up their first conference victory next week during a four-game series at Pacific Lutheran.

Game 1 – Linfield 10, Whitworth 1 (6 innings)
The Wildcats broke the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth inning and got home runs from Staci Doucette and Karleigh Prestianni.

Whitworth took a 1-0 lead when Sami Parr led off the bottom of the first with a double and then scored on Sasha Clow's sacrifice fly.

Linfield scratched out two runs in the second to take the lead.  Prestianni doubled that lead with a two-run homer in the third and Katy Brosig added an RBI single in the same inning for a 5-1 Wildcat lead.

Doucette's three-run home run highlighted the five-run sixth for Linfield.

Lauren Harvey pitched five innings and allowed one run on three hits to earn her second win of the series.

Riley Fritz (1-5) started the game for the Pirates and went 5.1 innings.

Game 2 – Linfield 15, Whitworth 2 (5 innings)
Ashley Garcia homered and drove in five runs while Jaydee Baxter and Emilee Lepp also homered for the Wildcats, who put nine runs across in the fourth inning.

Lepp's two-run shot in the first gave Linfield an early lead.

Brittany Wisner pulled Whitworth within 3-2 in the bottom of the second with a two-run double that scored Heather Hesselgesser and Jamie Brunner.

Garcia's three-run home run increased Linfield's lead to 6-2 in the third.  The Wildcats pushed nine more runs across in the fourth, capped by Baxter's three-run homer.

Karina Paavola threw the first four innings for Linfield, giving up two runs on two hits and earning her second win of the series.

Taylor Gilbert (1-1) went the first 3.1 innings for Whitworth and suffered her first loss of the season.