Linfield Wildcats
May 04, 2014
GFU scores upset in regular-season finale
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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Playing for their postseason lives, the George Fox Bruins capped off the regular season with a stunning 10-2 victory against top-ranked Linfield Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
 
Smacking four hits and benefitting from an uncharacteristic five Wildcat errors, the Bruins (28-12) torched Linfield (33-7) for nine runs in the opening frame and never looked back. Leadoff man Derek Blankenship twice reached on error, Danny Clifford hit for two scoring doubles and a Clay Mott single combined with a fielding error plated two more runners to highlight the offensive explosion.
 
Linfield's defense buckled down, but surrendered another defensive breakdown in the fifth, which led to a 10th Bruin run. Zach Manley (Sr., Coburg, Ore.) retired Kyle Nannini and Matthew Zeller on a fly out and ground out, but walked Blankenship. Clifford reached on an error, and a Josh Rapacz single up the middle plated Blankenship to give George Fox a 10-0 advantage.
 
Linfield managed two runs off Bruins winning pitcher Tom Zarosinki in the sixth. Clayton Truex (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.) singled to left field, and advanced two bases on consecutive wild pitches. A Jo Carroll (Jr., Bend, Ore.) single plated Truex, and Eric Lawson (So., Mill Creek, Wash.) followed up with a base hit to left field to score Kramer Lindell (Sr., West Linn, Ore.), who reached on a hit by pitch.
 
Zach Brandon (Sr., Cottage Grove, Ore.) suffered his first loss of the year in a tough outing, pitching just 1/3 of an inning, but was not charged with an earned run. Zarosinski totaled six strikeouts in six innings before handing off to Ian Buckles. 
 
‘CAT SCRATCH: The regular-season finale was scheduled to be played at Morse Field in Newberg, but GFU Head Coach Marty Hunter elected to move the game to Linfield, where the game stood a better chance of completion on an artificial turf surface…the Bruins played as the home team…Linfield's six errors were a season high…the Wildcats entered the game with the nation's highest fielding percentage at .979.
 
AHEAD: Having already secured the Northwest Conference automatic berth in the NCAA playoffs, Linfield learns of its competition pool Monday, May 12. George Fox must wait to see if the Bruins receive an at-large invitation to the tournament.
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