Wildcat baseball won three out of three games against the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers in Portland April 9 and 10.
The final scores were 8-3, 5-1 and 9-3 with a doubleheader played on April 9 and a single match on April 10.
Linfield proved its strength at the plate during the first game on the opening day of the series. Sophomore second baseman Tim Wilson and senior right fielder Gunnar Cederberg scored to start off the first inning. First baseman Kevin Coleman scored off a Wilson homerun during the seventh inning.
Junior shortstop Kevin Allan scored Linfield’s final run during the eighth inning. Junior Ryan
Larson pitched and had only six hits off of him the entire game.
The Wildcats did not hold back in game two. Senior catcher Cole Bixenman hit a homerun in the second inning that allowed senior third baseman Dustin Smith to score. Bixenman hit another homerun in the fifth that brought in Smith, who was waiting on third after a sacrifice hit from Allan. Smith scored after a Lewis & Clark error. Pitchers senior Robert Vaughn and freshman Zach Brandon allowed only six hits.
On day two against Lewis & Clark, freshman left fielder Nate McClellan started off the scoring during the second inning. The third inning featured three runs by sophomore first baseman
Clayton Truex, Allan and Coleman.
Keeping the bats swinging in the fourth, Smith scored yet another run. During the fifth inning, a single hit by senior second baseman Eric Evenson allowed Wilson to score. Cederberg scored the only run of the seventh inning and Bixenman and Truex tallied the final two runs during the eighth inning.
“The highlight of this weekend has to be the fact that we went on the road and got a sweep. Any time you get a sweep in this conference, you put yourself in a great position in terms of where you stand in the conference race,”Evenson said. “We had a great team effort where every guy contributed throughout the weekend.”
Evenson also commented on the team’s sentiments toward the season’s end.
“As we are getting near the end of the regular season, we are really excited about the depth we have and the many guys that find little ways to help our club win,” he said.
Evenson said the Wildcats were not fully focused during the first game on April 9 but pulled it together for the second game.
“Sunday’s effort was one of our best all-around efforts of the season. That was huge for us to put a complete game together before a good Chapman team comes in this weekend.”
With 15 wins and only three losses for the Northwest Conference race, Linfield baseball stands in first place according to the Northwest Conference Sport website.
Linfield will host the Chapman University Panthers at 3 p.m. April 15.
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