Linfield baseball wins four in California
Tim Wilson and Nick Fisher had four hits apiece, and Nate McClellan added three more and three RBIs for the Wildcats. Erautt allowed just one hit with three walks and a pair of strikeouts, and the Wildcats improved to 26-5 on the season with the victory.
With the win, the Wildcats swept four games in California over the weekend. They beat Pomona-Pitzer in a three-game series 6-2, 9-3, 15-4 Friday and Saturday.
Linfield returns to McMinnville for its final home NWC series of the season. The Wildcats take on rival George Fox in a doubleheader noon Saturday and a game at noon Sunday.
Karleigh Prestianni clobbered three home runs Sunday, part of a six home-run outburst by the No. 7-ranked Linfield Wildcats, who pummeled the Puget Sound Loggers 12-2 and 10-2 at Logger Field. Both contests were cut short after six innings when the eight-run rule was invoked.
Prestianni, the Wildcats three-time All-America third baseman, went 5-for-7, drew one walk, stole a base, scored five times and amassed 15 total bases.
Linfield achieved its 10th straight 30-win season with the doubleheader sweep, moving to 31-5. The Wildcats had already clinched the program’s 10th consecutive Northwest Conference crown heading into Sunday’s contests and were merely padding their conference record, now at 23-3. Puget Sound dipped to 2-35, 2-24 in the NWC.
Linfield remained in Tacoma on Sunday night and was scheduled to resume its suspended NWC doubleheader at Pacific Lutheran on Monday. The teams were forced to halt action Saturday afternoon with the Wildcats leading the Lutes 8-3 in Game 1. Action was scheduled to being at 1:30 p.m.
Shooting the best score of any Linfield golfer this season, freshman Adam Ruben rolled to a four-stroke victory at the Willamette Cup Sunday at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
Ruben, who transferred to Linfield at the start of the spring semester from the College of the Desert, shot a 68 outdistance runner-up Ryan Kukula of Willamette.
Taylor Klopp was third overall at 74, while teammate Kyle Hargrave was one stroke back at 75. Tommy Schmitz turned in one of his best rounds of the year, sinking some quality putts on his way to four birdies and a score of 78.
A.J. Taylor shot an 85 and Thomas Arand had an 86, though their results did not count toward the Wildcats’ team score.
The tournament was the final tuneup before the NWC Tournament, which counts one-half toward determining the conference’s team champion and automatic invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Action runs Saturday and Sunday in Woodburn.
Track and field
Registering top-six finishes in 23 of 36 total events, the Linfield women and men both placed second at the Pacific Luau, contested Saturday at Lincoln Park Stadium.
Courtney Alley had a career day times three, setting new personal standards in the discus, shot put and hammer throw and cracking the Linfield Top 10 in the hammer with the ninth best mark in program history. The junior won the discus with a toss of 125 feet, 2 inches (38.16 meters) and was runner-up in both the shot put (38-06.75) and the hammer (131-09). She junior added 14 inches to her previous best in the discus, almost a foot and a half in the shot put and a whopping seven feet in the hammer.
Melany recorded season-best times in both the 200 (26.35) and the 100 (12.79) to place first and second, respectively. The Linfield men enjoyed one of their best meets yet, winning four events on the afternoon.
Lester Maxwell claimed the 400 (50.19) and Manuel Finley was sixth in the 800 (2:05.53).
Morgunn Ewing and Drew Wert led the throwing contingent with winning efforts in the javelin and shot put, respectively. Ewing added 11 inches to his previous career best in the javelin with a throw of 180 feet, 11 inches. Wert recorded season bests in all three of his events, topping all competitors in the shot put (45-01.75), placing sixth in the discus (129-01) and second in the hammer (147-02).
Winning once in singles and in doubles, the Linfield Wildcats dropped a 7-2 Northwest Conference match to the Willamette Bearcats Friday afternoon on the WU Courts.
Linfield completed a winless conference season, the first recorded program history.
Linfield heads to California to face Cal Tech in the season finale April 28.
Taking care of business on Senior Day and ending the regular season on a high note, Linfield scored an 8-1 victory over Willamette on a chilly but dry Friday afternoon at the Linfield Tennis Center, a win that was enough to earn the Wildcats a berth in the four-team Northwest Conference women’s tennis tournament.
Linfield (8-9, 7-5 NWC) sat in fourth place in the official tennis point standings entering the weekend and held on through the busy weekend to make it. The Wildcats play at 10 a.m. Friday at Whitman.