LEWISTON, Idaho – An eight-run seventh inning helped Linfield avoid getting swept for the second consecutive weekend as the Wildcats pulled off a 10-7 victory over Lewis-Clark State Sunday afternoon at Harris Park.
The Wildcats (22-15) hit around in the seventh, as Ryan Larson, Danny Urness, and Kenny Johnson (Sr., Federal Way, Wash.) each had two at-bats in the inning. Three Warrior errors combined with four Linfield hits propelled the ‘Cats through the medley of scoring.
Robert Vaughn lasted only four innings for the ‘Cats, surrendering seven runs on 13 hits while recording six strikeouts. Justin Huckins (Sr., Bend, Ore.) and Chris Haddeland (Jr., McMinnville, Ore.) combined to throw five scoreless innings to keep Linfield in the game long enough to regain the lead.
Lewis-Clark State (39-11) looked to have the advantage for good in the fourth, when a three-run home run from Eric Peterson capped off a five-run inning for the Warriors.
Linfield refused to quit, however, displaying true grit to get back into the game.
Tim Wilson led the way for the Wildcats, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Jake Wylie (Sr., Eagle, Idaho) and Larson rounded out the list of Linfield players to collect multiple hits.
Despite posting 20 hits, the Warriors could not capitalize enough to win their third straight contest against the Wildcats this season. Jordan Payne, Connor Moore, Kyle Knigge, and Aaron Deguire joined Peterson in the three-hit department.
Lewis-Clark State starter Austin Pentecost went six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks, and recorded six strikeouts. Luke Goodgion took a tough loss, as all five of the runs he allowed were unearned.
AHEAD: The Wildcats return home for the first time in nearly a month to host Lewis-Clark State, Pacific Lutheran, and George Fox in a nonconference tournament. Linfield’s three scheduled games, one against each opponent, serve as the regular-season finale for the ‘Cats. The first, against Lewis-Clark State, is set for 3 p.m. Friday.
Hits .538 over three-game series
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