WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Kevin Allan homered and drove in three runs to help lead No. 10 Linfield to its fifth straight win, a 9-4 victory over Whitman Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.
Zach Brandon (Jr., Cottage Grove, Ore.) tossed five solid innings for the Wildcats (12-4, 9-3 NWC), allowing only two earned runs and issuing a single walk.
For the first time all weekend, the Missionaries (2-19, 2-7 NWC) claimed the early advantage, capitalizing on a defensive miscue. A two-out error in the first allowed Cameron Young to reach base and eventually score on Kyle Moyes’ RBI single to right field.
Linfield struck back in the third. Tim Wilson (Jr., Redmond, Wash.) homered for the second consecutive day and Kramer Lindell (Jr., West Linn, Ore.) added an RBI single to give the ‘Cats a 2-1 lead.
The Wildcats built off of their momentum, posting five runs in the fourth to establish a commanding advantage. Linfield tested the Missionaries’ defense, laying down three consecutive bunts to set the stage for Allan. His three-run home run to left, his first of the year, plated Wilson and Zach Boskovich.
A two-out RBI double from MacLean Harned in the fourth helped the Missionaries chip away at Linfield’s lead, as the home team posted one run each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
But back-to-back doubles from Clayton Truex (Jr., Kirkland, Wash.) and Nate McClellan (Jr., Shoreline, Wash.) brought home a pair of runs for the ‘Cats in the sixth to extend the spread to 9-4.
Chris Haddeland (Soph., McMinnville, Ore.) and Spencer Crepeaux each posted a scoreless inning in relief to protect the lead and ensure a victory.
Missionaries starter Jake Nelson lasted only four innings, surrendering six earned runs on six hits and five walks.
Lindell went 3-for-5 on the game and McClellan and Allan each added a pair of hits to contribute to the 13 total the ‘Cats posted on the day. Linfield swiped four bases and took advantage of six extra-base hits, including a triple from Nick Fisher (Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore.).
‘CAT SCRATCH: The Wildcats scored 41 total runs over the three-game series, 13 more than their next-highest scoring output in a NWC series this season...seven home runs from six different players propelled Linfield’s offense...the eight total runs allowed by Linfield’s pitching staff is the fewest so far this year in a three-game set.
AHEAD: The Wildcats kick off spring break by hosting Whitworth in a three-game series at Roy Helser Field. Action begins Saturday with a doubleheader at noon.
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