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2016 Linfield Magazine Summer

Designated hitter balances nursing, softball 2 2 - l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e Summer 2016 The champions return Members of Linfield’s three national championship baseball teams were honored during Championship Saturday, on April 16 at Roy Helser Field. Teammates from the 1966, 1971 and 2013 national championship baseball teams gathered to share memories, swap stories and support Linfield’s current baseball teams. Wildcat Erin Tauscher ’17 successfully juggled Linfield’s rigorous nursing curriculum while competing at a high level in softball. A nursing major who both lives and learns at Linfield’s Portland Campus, Tauscher is aiming toward a career in the health care industry. She thrives on the face-to-face interaction that comes with helping people and is always looking to improve the lives of others, both physically and emotionally. “It’s the small things that make my major rewarding,” says Tauscher. “It is satisfying knowing that I made a patient smile or that by simply talking to someone, I made their day mean something.” Last year, Tauscher pondered whether she wanted to continue playing softball for the ’Cats despite living and attending classes in Northwest Portland. She knew commuting between the two campuses and staying engaged in both worlds would be difficult. Ultimately, the prospect of walking away from the Catball program was something Tauscher, a 2015 second team all-NWC honoree, could not face. Her typical day is anything but ordinary. Each class lasts a little under three hours and clinical sessions can take as long as eight hours. Tauscher tries her best to attend softball practice as regularly as possible, but the time she devotes to her studies takes precedence. “A simple two-hour practice session for the McMinnville players is usually a six-hour commitment for me due to the distance and traffic,” said Tauscher. She is the second Linfield player over the last 10 years who has attempted to commute from the Portland Campus, according to coach Jackson Vaughan ’97, who relies on her powerful bat in the lineup. Though she competed in just three quarters of the Wildcats’ games due to two separate injuries and nursing clinicals, she finished with a solid .344 batting average, 30 RBIs and eight home runs, statistics worthy of first team all-Northwest Conference and first team all-West Region honors. – Rhys Lendio ’17 Erin Tauscher ’17 balanced nursing classes and softball practices this year. The Linfield softball season (32-16) concluded at Super Regionals, despite a late-season surge of success that saw the ’Cats capture the Northwest Conference Tournament and Spokane Regional championships.


2016 Linfield Magazine Summer
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