Linfield rolls, to face UT-Tyler
Wildcats up NCAA-record home run total to 101
SALEM, Va. – Jaydee Baxter hit two home runs and the Linfield Wildcats pounded 16 hits to storm past SUNY-Cortland 12-1 in the completion of an elimination game Monday morning at the NCAA Division III Finals staged at Moyer Sports Complex.
Working their way through the losers bracket, the Wildcats (48-3) earned a rematch with Texas-Tyler at noon ET for the right to meet Christopher Newport for the national title later on Monday.
The Cortland game was halted late Sunday night by a severe lightning and rain storm that swept through the area. The Wildcats resumed play trailing 1-0, but outscored the Red Dragons 12-0 on Monday to win going away.
Eighth-ranked SUNY-Cortland (41-5-1) lost to Linfield for the second time in three days, ending the Red Dragons’ season.
Baxter drove in five runs and led the way with three hits. Staci Doucette and Karleigh Prestianni also smacked home runs as Linfield ran its NCAA-record total to 101 for the season.
Claire Velaski and Lauren Harvey combined for a four-hitter. Together, they struck out four and didn’t walk a single batter in the game, shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.
Velaski earned her 25th win, setting a new Linfield single-season record.