Game 2 Box Score
McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Led by the hitting of freshman Tim Wilson, eighth-ranked Linfield twice knocked off No. 7 Chapman Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser field, defeating the Panthers 7-1 and 13-6.
Riding the arm of Zach Manley (Sr., Coburg, Ore.) in opener, the Wildcats pulled off a thrilling comeback in the nightcap. Wilson blasted a pair of home runs and drove in six runs in the second game to help Linfield erase a 5-1 deficit.
In his first collegiate start, Manley was nearly untouchable. The sophomore right-hander held Chapman (23-8) to just one run over seven innings, while scattering four hits. Evan Hilberg polished off the nonconference victory with two scoreless innings to guarantee at least a split in the four-game series for the Wildcats.
Wilson, who hit four homers for the series, gave Linfield some instant offense with a first inning solo shot to right field.
From there, the Wildcats took hold of the game in the middle innings. Dustin Smith and Cole Bixenman tallied RBI doubles during a three-run fifth inning to push Linfield a 4-0 advantage.
After loading the bases to start the bottom of the sixth, Linfield extended its lead to 6-0 on a two-RBI single from Wilson.
Kevin Coleman paced the Wildcats with a 3-for-4 day. Wilson went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Smith and Clayton Truex (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.) had two hits apiece.
Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Linfield erupted for 12 runs over the next three innings to take the series win.
A walk from Kyle Chamberlain and a single from Eric Evenson ignited the start of the fifth inning. Two batters later it was Wilson that delivered the clutch hit, blasting a three-run homer to trim the deficit to 5-4.
In the bottom half of the sixth the Wildcats scored all five of their runs with two outs. With Nate McClellan (Sr., Shoreline, Wash.) on third base, Evenson tied the game with a two-out hit. Walks to Smith and Wilson loaded the bases for Bixenman.
With the count 2-0, Bixenman riffled a line shot off the glove of Chapman third baseman Tyler Surnbrock. Bixenman’s shot gave the Wildcats a 7-5 advantage that would swell to 9-5 before the inning was finished.
Wilson put the game away with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh, giving Linfield a 13-5 lead that would never be threatened.
Wilson, who hit .571 with 12 RBI for the series, went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and six RBI. Smith and Evenson each went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.
NEXT: Linfield (24-7, 15-3 NWC) returns home Friday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against NWC rival George Fox.