McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Tenth-ranked Linfield rallied for a 3-2 walk-off win in the second game to sweep a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader from visiting Whitworth on Saturday and grab a two game lead over the Pirates in the NWC standings.
The Wildcats won the opener 12-0 in five innings and improved to 24-4-1 overall and 17-1 in the NWC while the Bucs fell to 20-7, 14-3. The teams will attempt to complete their series on Sunday between expected rain showers.
Game 1 – Linfield 12, Whitworth 0 (5 innings)
Makenna Clizer, Paige Smotherman and Abi Proffitt all hit home runs to lead Linfield's explosion in the series opener.
The Wildcats scored three in the first, two in the second and two in the third before racing five runs across the plate in the fourth to easily surpass the NCAA eight-run rule.
Clizer had three RBIs and scored three runs. Maddy Colson and Kelsey Wilkinson had three hits apiece.
Shelby Saylors (12-3) started in the circle and threw a five-inning one-hitter for Linfield. She struck out eight and walked two.
Whitworth starter Madelyn Carlson (8-5) allowed seven runs on seven hits in two innings of work. Kylie Harris and Rose Meshell finished up in the circle for the Pirates. Desi Graham had Whitworth's only hit in the game.
Game 2 – Linfield 3, Whitworth 2
Chelsea Horita's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the game-winning run and gave the Wildcats a sweep of the doubleheader.
Rheanne Lewis tripled with one out in the third inning and scored on a wild pitch to give Whitworth a 1-0 lead. Linfield tied the game in the fourth on Darian Stedman's home run to left.
Kinsey McNaught's triple in the fifth inning scored Lewis and Whitworth had a 2-1 lead. Cameron Appling retied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Clizer led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk. Pinch runner Alana Nuttman moved to second on an infield single and then scored on Horita's one out, game-winning single.
Saylors (13-3) won the game with three innings of one-run relief in place of starter Tanna Benson. Saylors allowed three hits.
Drea Schwaier-Wolf (11-2) allowed three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings of work for Whitworth.