’Cats warm up, shake off chill

Senior Cole Bixenman steps up to bat against Oregon Institute of Technology in the first game of the doubleheader Feb. 26. The Wildcats won the game with a score of 7-2. Bixenman was a key player in the first game against Oregon Tech. He totaled four RBIs and one home run. The home run was a double-run for the Wildcats, putting two runs on the board.  Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

Senior Cole Bixenman steps up to bat against Oregon Institute of Technology in the first game of the doubleheader Feb. 26. The Wildcats won the game with a score of 7-2. Bixenman was a key player in the first game against Oregon Tech. He totaled four RBIs and one home run. The home run was a double-run for the Wildcats, putting two runs on the board. Katie Paysinger/Senior photographer

The last two weeks have been dynamic for the Linfield baseball team.

The team played against Oregon Institute of Technology on Feb. 26 at home winning the first game 7-2, although falling short, 0-1 in the second game of the doubleheader.

It also recently returned from a tournament in Lewiston, Idaho, where it competed with schools such as Western Oregon University, Lewis-Clark State College and St. Martin’s University on Feb. 18 through Feb. 20.

During the Idaho trip, the team played its first game against the Western Oregon Wolves, scoring two runs in the first inning and adding two more during the ninth. The final score was 4-3.

While the tournament began well, the team faced some challenges during its final two games including below-freezing temperatures, which they were not accustomed to.

“That is no excuse for how we played. We pitched the ball well in Idaho, but our bats were limited,” Bixenman said. “We have a lot of new guys this year, and we are still in the process of getting it together.”

Wildcat bats were swinging strong against Oregon Tech with 11 hits and seven runs throughout the game.

Oregon Tech scored two runs during the first game. However, the Wildcats lost the second game 0-1.

“Just like any other year in the baseball program, we expect to win,” Bixenman said. “We have to take it one game at a time and hopefully win conference, make it to regionals and win that and then head back to Wisconsin again for the World Series and take the next step and win a national championship.”

The Wildcats will play a doubleheader at home against Pacific University at 11 a.m. March 5 and against the same opponents at 11 a.m. March 6.


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