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Cathi Aradi

Linfield Uses Constant Pressure to Eliminate Williams with 6-1 Win

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Linfield started the scoring early and capitalized on some mistakes to chip out a 6-1 win over Williams in an elimination game on day two of the Division III national tournament. 

After a scoreless first inning, Linfield opened the scoring in the top of the second after Bethany Dobie reached on a Margaret Ryan walk, one of nine Linfield free passes on the day. Dobie would eventually score on a Lisa Smith walk. 

The Linfield scoring continued in the third, again initiated by a walk, this time by Amanda Attleberger. Stephanie Morgan doubled to right center and scored on a hit batter. 

The trouble would continue for Williams in the fourth, as Shelly Steinke reached on an error to start a third consecutive scoring inning for the Wildcats. Attleberger singled home Steinke for the unearned run off Ephs relief pitcher Clara Hard. 

Williams would fight back in the bottom half of the inning, with Morgan Simpson scoring its only run of the game after a Linfield error. 

Linfield built its its cushion in the fifth with two unearned runs fueled by two Williams errors. 

The Wildcats closed out the scoring in the top half of the seventh, again helped by a struggling Williams defense. 

For the game, Attleberger led the Wildcats with two hits, a walk and two runs scored, while Amy Hammons contributed two RBIs. 

From the rubber, Kendra Strahm and Brittany Miller combined for the seven-hit victory, with starter Strahm the official winner. 

Williams had carried a school record 20-game win streak into its opening game versus St. Thomas yesterday, but after two straight losses makes an early exit from Raleigh. 

Linfield moves on to face the loser of the Muskingum/St. Thomas game in an elimination game tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.