Game 2 Box Score
CLAREMONT, Calif. – Kramer Lindell (Jr., West Linn, Ore.) homered twice to lead an offensive surge by No. 2 Linfield as the ‘Cats were aided by 14 total Pomona-Pitzer errors in a pair of nonconference wins Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Kyle Chamberlain (Sr., Portland, Ore.) and Clayton Truex (Jr., Kirkland, Wash.) also homered for the Wildcats, and All-American Tim Wilson (Jr., Redmond, Wash.) went 5-for-10 on the day with four stolen bases and five runs scored.
Lindell was 5-for-11 with five RBI, four extra-base hits and four runs scored for Linfield. Nick Fisher (Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) doubled and turned in a four-hit day for the Wildcats, who improved to 25-5 on the season with the victories.
Erik Munzer went 6-for-9 with two doubles and four hits in Game 1, while Ryan Madden went 3-for-9 with a pair of RBI for the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer starters lasted just 5 1/3 innings combined and got no help defensively, with the No. 22 Sagehens committing nine errors in Game 1 and six in Game 2. Pomona-Pitzer fell to 22-10 with the losses.
Game 1: Linfield 15, Pomona-Pitzer 4
Lindell and Wilson each had three hits for Linfield, and starter Aaron Thomassen (Soph., Seattle, Wash.) threw five solid innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The sophomore standout preserved his perfect record, which now sits at 8-0 with a stellar 1.08 ERA.
Joseph Stevick (Soph., Bremerton, Wash.), Cody Walker (Fr., Hood River, Ore.), and Spencer Metzsch (Soph., Aloha, Ore.) threw the final four innings in relief for the Wildcats.
Munzer was 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored to lead Pomona-Pitzer.
Things were ugly for the Sagehens from the get-go. Wilson singled to start the game, stole second, and Corey VanDomelen (Soph., Tigard, Ore.) reached on a mishap by Pomona-Pitzer’s starter. The error was the first of four committed by the home team in the inning, and Linfield pushed across two runs on sacrifice flies from Jake Wylie (Jr., Eagle, Idaho) and Fisher.
After Thomassen retired the side in order in the bottom of the inning, the ‘Cats doubled their lead in the second with an RBI groundout by VanDomelen and another Sage Hen error.
The Sagehens pushed a runner to third in the second after a pair of singles, but Thomassen struck out Jackson Badger to end the inning and preserve the shutout.
After a scoreless third, the ‘Cats set the stage for another big inning by loading the bases with one out in the fourth. Lindell shot the gap in right center to bring home two runs, and Fisher followed with a base hit to left to make the score 7-0. Jordan Harlow (Sr., Baker City, Ore.) drew a walk to reload the bases and Pomona-Pitzer head coach Frank Pericolosi took the ball from Gano. Truex drove in another Wildcat run with a groundball to second, and an error on the play kept the bases loaded. Nate McClellan (Jr., Shoreline, Wash.) hit a ball into right, and Wilson drove in two more with a base hit to turn the game into an 11-0 blowout.
Linfield’s first error of the weekend helped the Sagehens score their first run of the day, as a base hit off the bat of Madden plated Jake Bruml and made the score 11-1.
Lindell and Fisher continued their tear at the plate in the fifth with back-to-back doubles to drive in two more runs. Truex brought home another with a sacrifice fly, and Linfield remained miles ahead, 14-1.
Things settled down moving into the late innings, as neither team scored in the sixth through eighth. Lindell tacked on one final run for the ‘Cats in the ninth with his second home run of the season, and Walker and Metzch combined to throw the ninth inning and preserve the lead.
Game 2: Linfield 9, Pomona-Pitzer 3
Chamberlain, Lindell and Truex each homered as Linfield sprayed nine hits and benefitted from six more Pomona-Pitzer errors en route to the sweep-clinching victory.
Linfield starter Zach Brandon (Jr., Cottage Grove, Ore.) threw seven solid innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout. Garrett Miller (Soph., Corvallis, Ore.) turned in two perfect innings with a strikeout to close out the game for the ‘Cats.
The Sagehens got on the board first, as a base hit from Munzer brought Gentili around to score. Brandon allowed a hit in the following at-bat, but the right-hander got Timmy Novom to ground out with runners on first and second to end the inning.
Linfield made its biggest statement of the weekend thus far in the top of the second, rallying for eight runs and putting the game out of reach early. Lindell and Fisher singled to kick the spree off, and Truex launched a three-run home run over the left field fence. The first career homerun from Chamberlain and Lindell’s second homerun of the day – both two-run shots – highlighted the seven-hit inning for the ‘Cats.
The burst was more than Brandon needed in support, as he shut down Pomona-Pitzer through the middle innings.
Collin Majev came on in relief of Sagehen starter Drew Helgren and threw four solid innings, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. The lone mark against the senior right-hander came in the top of the sixth, when Wilson reached on an error and was brought home on a groundout by VanDomelen.
Brandon ran into trouble in the seventh, as three straight hits drove in two runs and put a Sagehen runner on first. The junior settled down, however, and finished the inning without further harm before ending his day.
Miller cruised through Pomona-Pitzer’s lineup in the final two innings, closing out the game without allowing a base runner.
‘CAT SCRATCH: The eight errors in Game 1 and six in Game 2 were the most in any game Linfield has played in so far in 2013…the second-highest total came on Feb. 24, when Oregon Tech committed five in a lopsided 10-0 Wildcat victory…Lindell and Fisher got on base in back-to-back plate appearances seven times in the series…freshmen Kruze Mingus (Fr., Bend, Ore.) and Walker made their varsity debuts for the ‘Cats in Game 1.
COMING UP: Linfield heads to La Verne, Calif., Sunday to wrap up the California trip. The ‘Cats look to avenge a 6-0 loss to La Verne on Feb. 7 in their first game of the 2013 season. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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