McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Pacific bounced back from two series-opening losses to crush No. 9 Linfield 11-4 in a Northwest Conference matchup Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
After registering just 11 hits over two games on Saturday, the Boxers (8-5, 4-2 NWC) lit up the Wildcats (8-4, 2-1 NWC) for 11 hits in the final contest of the three-game series.
Linfield tried five different pitching combinations on the day, but all yielded essentially the same results. The ‘Cats struggled to find consistency, getting just one strikeout on the day and hitting the batter on four separate occasions.
The start of the game produced some controversy, as Pacific skipper Greg Bradley was tossed at the top of the second inning for arguing a call. A Pacific batter appeared to be hit by the pitch while showing a bunt, but the home plate umpire called a strike.
The ejection seemed to spark something in the visiting team, as the Boxers exploded for five runs to take a huge lead.
Mike Nagamine struck first with a single to left field to bring home Nate Rasmussen from second. Trux French then scored when Scott Rowland grounded out into a double play.
Later in the same inning, Koon doubled to right field for another RBI. Spencer Crepeaux replaced starter Chris Mueller, but Jared Van Hoon got the incoming pitcher for a pair of runs right away. He singled to right field, scoring two runners from second and third base.
Pacific put up three more runs in the top of the third and two in the fourth to stretch the lead to 7-0. The highlight was a double from Kevin Schwartz that registered two RBI in the fourth.
Linfield finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Tim Wilson (Jr., Redmond, Wash.) hit a single to bring home Dustin Smith. Kyle Chamberlain (Sr., Portland, Ore.) produced another run when he was walked with the bases loaded.
The Boxers scored once more in the sixth and Linfield tallied two more runs in the flast inning to bring about the final score.
Pacific pitcher Rob Dittrick picked up the win for the Boxers, giving up two runs and five hits in six full innings of work. He also had six strikeouts.
The ‘Cats managed seven hits, but left 11 runners stranded on base throughout the game.
Tim Wilson (Jr., Redmond, Wash.) provided the most offense, hitting 2-for-3 with one RBI. Chamberlain registered two RBI despite hitting 0-for-4.
NEXT: The ‘Cats travel to Salem for a three-game series against Willamette. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon and Sunday’s game is slated for 1 p.m.
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