Linfield baseball welcomes Regional teams
As it prepares to host the NCAA Division III West Regional baseball championships, the Linfield baseball team cannot help but think back to two years ago.
In 2012, the Wildcats were on the outside looking in, finishing in a tie for fourth place in the Northwest Conference while six other teams played out the West Regional at Roy Helser Field.
“I think that was a bitter pill, no question. It served as a bit of a chip on our shoulder in terms of leaving no doubt (in 2013). This year, the same thing.”
Linfield’s fortunes changed, of course, in 2013, as the program won its first NCAA Division III baseball champion. The Wildcats now bear the cross of defending national champions with the bonus of extra baseball before their hometown fans.
Linfield (33-7) won the NWC by six games over Pacific Lutheran but lost three straight to close out its season. The Wildcats dropped a 10-2 decision to George Fox on May 4 and lost both games in a doubleheader to NAIA Lewis-Clark State, 8-0 and 4-2, on May 3.
“We’re playing games that were meant to prepare us for the postseason,” Brosius said. “You’ve got to put that behind you and understand that those were meant to prepare us.”
The Wildcats, ranked No. 1 by d3baseball.com, begin their NCAA playoff push against LeTourneau University of Longview Texas. The YellowJackets are 32-13 on the season and won the American Southwest Conference championship (22-11).
“We don’t know a lot about them,” Brosius said. “We understand that every team we see is going to be strong and LeTourneau is playing good baseball.”
Also participating in the McMinnville regional are Cal Lutheran, Illinois Wesleyan, Trinity (Texas) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
WEDNESDAY, May 14
Game 1: Linfield vs. LeTourneau (Tex.), Noon
Game 2: Cal Lutheran vs. Illinois Wesleyan, 3:30 p.m.
Game 3: Trinity (Texas) vs. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, May 15
Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, Noon (loser will be eliminated)
Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 3:30 p.m.
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 16
Game 7: TBD, Noon
Game 8: TBD, 3:30 p.m.
Game 9: TBD, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
Game 10: TBD, Noon
Game 11: TBD, 3:30 p.m.