’ c a t t r a c k s Linfield wins it all, brings home NCAA crown Linfield captured its third national championship in baseball – but first in the NCAA era – by defeating Southern Maine 4-1 in the NCAA Division III Baseball Finals May 28. Coach Scott Brosius ’88 guided Linfield to its first national title in baseball since NAIA titles in 1966 and 1971. The team’s 42 victories established a new standard of success, surpassing the record of 37 wins in 2010. Chris Haddeland ’15 was the final’s most outstanding player and allowed one run on eight hits with three walks and 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2013 five strikeouts en route to his record 15th pitching victory of the season. Linfield posted the third highest team batting average (.305) and scored the most runs (31) of the tournament. Four Wildcats were named to the NCAA Finals all-Tournament Team, including Haddeland, Aaron Thomassen ’15, Clayton Truex ’13 and Jake Wylie ’14. Nearly 100 fans turned out at 1:30 a.m. to greet the ’Cats when they returned to campus. More than 200 attended a celebration May 31. A photo spread can be found inside the back cover. For full coverage, go to linfield.edu/sports. Three earn softball recognition The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named three Linfield College softball players to the 2013 Division III All- America team: third base Karleigh Prestianni ’13, designated player Lisa Yamamoto ’14 and outfielder Erin Carson ’14. It was the fourth NFCA All-America citation for Prestianni, who hit a conference-best .481 this spring. Yamamoto hit .360 with a NWC-best 13 home runs, and Carson hit .475. Linfield won the Northwest Conference title and finished the season with an overall record of 36-8. Gladow touted for academics and athletics For the second straight season, Joe Gladow ’14 has earned recognition as a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VIII Men’s Track/ Cross Country honoree. Gladow, an economics and international relations double major, has maintained a 3.93 cumulative grade point average. He is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and is part of the prestigious Kemper Scholarship program. Rieniets receives NCAA scholarship Dominic Rieniets ’10 has earned a NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Rieniets will continue his education this fall in the illustration master’s program at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Calif. One of the fastest and most decorated swimmers in Linfield history, Rieniets won multiple Northwest Conference championships and set school records in the 100-yard butterfly, the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 800 freestyle relay.
Linfield Magazine #27
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