Game 2 Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Using 32 hits over a two-game span, Linfield took care of business in its Northwest Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser Field, defeating Whitman by the scores of 15-7 and 8-0.
Moving to 7-1 in conference play, Linfield strengthened its grip on first place. The Wildcats are 13-4 overall.
Robert Vaughn set the tone for the Wildcats on the mound, giving up just one run over six innings of work. With Vaughn (4-1) keeping the Missionaries’ bats quiet, Linfield (13-4, 7-1 NWC) jumped out to an 11-0 lead after five innings of play.
Linfield had 12 different players tally a hit in the game, with Eric Evenson leading the way with a 4-for-4 outing. Evenson scored twice and drove in two RBI. Kevin Coleman went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI in the win.
The ‘Cats got on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning on RBI hits from Cole Bixenman and Clayton Truex (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.).
Bixenman added another RBI in the fourth inning, scoring Evenson on a sacrifice fly.
Linfield put the game away with big innings in the fourth and fifth. Coleman started the fourth with a double to right field, eventually scoring on a Nate McClellan (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.) single into left. After Danny Urness was hit by a pitch, McClellan scored on a single from Evenson.
The ‘Cats continued to pour it on in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs on six hits. Kyle Chamberlain, Truex and Coleman led off the inning with three-straight doubles. With two runs already in, McClellan roped an RBI single into right field. Urness and Evenson followed up with RBI hits.
After Whitman (3-17, 2-7) rallied for six runs in the top of the eighth to cut the Linfield lead to 11-7, the Wildcats answered back for four runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Jay Richards went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs to lead the Missionaries offensively. Cameron Young was 2-for-4.
Evenson went 4-for-4 and Coleman was 3-for-5 to pace the Wildcats at the plate.
With a knack for working out of trouble, Ryan Larson pitched six scoreless innings to pick up the win. Larson, who gave up eight hits, stranded 10 Whitman players on base to improve his season record to 4-0.
Linfield jumped on the board with another two-run first inning. After Evenson walked to leadoff the game, Kevin Allan delivered a two-run homer over the left field fence.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single from Evenson. Danny Urness and Cole Bixenman added RBI hits an inning later to give Linfield a 5-0 advantage.
After a solo run in the sixth inning gave the ‘Cats a 6-0 lead, Linfield added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh.
With no runners on a two outs in the inning, Gunnar Cederberg and McClellan delivered two-out hits, giving the ‘Cats runners at the corners with two outs.
Evenson and Dustin Smith did the rest, cashing in the runs with RBI singles.
Evan Hilberg and Jacob Nolte finished off the Missionaries with two scoreless innings. The three-headed attack of Larson, Hilberg and Nolte struck out 12 Whitman hitters.
Smith paced the ‘Cats with a 4-for-5 performance, while Allan drove in three runs. Evenson and Cederberg each had two hits apiece.
Richards and Erik Korsmo both had two hits for Whitman.
NEXT: Linfield wraps up the three-game series against Whitman Sunday at noon.