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Muskingum's Experience Proves Too Much for Linfield in 3-0 Win

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A one-hit pitching performance by Erica Hoyt and a two-run home run by Julie Johnston provided the keys to a 3-0 win by No. 2-seed Muskingum over Linfield. 

In their fourth straight national tournament appearance, Muskingum's experience proved too much for a younger Wildcat squad making just its third overall appearance. 

“We had a few nerves, but we got it out of our system. We didn’t play great, but we did what we needed to get the win,” said Muskie head coach Donna Newberry. 

Muskingum scored the only run it would need in the third inning when Amy Iammarino started the inning off with a single and scored on a double by Ellie Haubner. 

Linfield bounced back and threatened in the top half of the fourth inning by loading the bases with one out, but Muskies pitcher Erica Hoyt battled her way out of the inning and stopped the rally for the Wildcats. 

Muskingum got two insurance runs on Johnston's fourth inning dinger, which also scored Randi Dance. 

Hoyt made a strong introductory appearance in the tournament, completing a one-hit, seven strikeout shutout. 

Muskingum moves on to meet defending champion St. Thomas in a winner's bracket game tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., while Linfield will fight it out in an elimination game with Williams at 1:30 p.m.