Linfield baseball sweeps Whitman in road series
Courtesy of Linfield sports information
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Aaron Thomassen threw his first career shutout and Linfield's offense supported its Game 3 starter with two runs in the fourth to earn the Northwest Conference series sweep against Whitman, 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium. Thomassen racked up six strikeouts while surrendering just four hits in nine innings of work for the second complete game of his career, including his performance against Southern Maine in Linfield's second game at the 2013 NCAA Finals. Kramer Lindell and Jo Carroll drove in one run apiece in the Wildcat half of the fourth inning as top-ranked Linfield improved to 15-3 overall and 8-1 in Northwest Conference games. Lindell doubled down the left-field line to plate Nick Fisher, who reached on an error, before Carroll supplied a two-out single to center to score Lindell. The Wildcats nearly added to their lead in the fifth when Chance Laboda reached on an error and advanced to second and third on yet another Whitman error and Fisher's two-out base hit, but Missionary starter Dakota Matherly got out of the jam with a groundout. Whitman (10-11-1, 1-8 NWC) put a runner in scoring position in both the third and fifth frames, but both occasions were in two-out situations and the Missionaries failed to cash in. Designated hitter Peter Charmichael hit 2-for-3, while MacLean Harned and Jonny Chow provided the only other hits for the Missionary lineup.
Linfield returns to McMinnville to gear up for a three-game home series against Whitworth. Saturday's doubleheader gets underway at noon, with Sunday's Game 3 also scheduled to start at noon.
Linfield 5, Whitman 0
Linfield 13, Whitman 11 (11)
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – After enjoying a relatively easy victory start to another Northwest Conference series thanks to a one-hit shutout spun by Chris Haddeland, top-ranked Linfield had to dig deep and unearth some late-inning offensive magic to rally for an 11-inning victory over Whitman on a wild Saturday at Borleske Stadium. Down 10-1 through four innings, the Wildcats avoided a second Northwest Conference setback by spouting off a whopping 12 runs in the later stages of the game, including six in the sixth frame. The comeback thwarted a valiant upset bid by the Missionaries.