Linfield baseball wins first conference series

Linfield baseball wrapped up its first conference series win of the season in a 11-4 rout of Puget Sound in Sunday’s rubber match at Roy Helser Field. Jake Gellos led the Wildcats with a 3-for-3 day at the plate to go with two RBIs. Brady Rediger and David mason each drove in a pair as well, with Rediger ripping a seventh-inning triple to get one of his. Carson Cunningham, Carter Buuck and Joe Perryman each pitched three innings for Linfield, with Cunningham yielding no earned runs to get the win.

Linfield (9-5, 3-3 NWC) kicks off a three-game set in Portland against Lewis & Clark on Saturday. First pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 11 a.m.

In other action.

Saturday, Feb, 27

Puget Sound 9, Linfield 5

Linfield 4, Puget Sound 3

The Wildcats bounced back from an opening-game loss to split Saturday’s slate against the Loggers.

Callahan Neely stumbled out of the gate, lasting 7 1/3 innings but yielding six earned runs off seven hits with just three strikeouts. Eric Lawson went yard for the second time this year, but it was his only hit of the day and one of just nine for the Wildcats – only Scott Hilpert had more than one.

Riley Newman put together an impressive performance in the nightcap, however, allowing just one earned run on four hits in seven innings of work to earn his third victory of the year. Cody Walker was impressive again, with no walks over his two innings and a lone run on three hits. Lawson slapped up three hits in the late game; Ryan Pladson, Finn McMichael and Brady Rediger had two each while David Mason drove in a pair of runs.


Sunday, Feb. 28

George Fox 9, Linfield 7 (8 inn.)

Linfield 10, George Fox 1 (6 inn)

NEWBERG – After an extra innings disappointment in Sunday’s game one, Linfield roared back to win the finale of their four-game series against the Bruins and secure a 2-2 split of the weekend’s games.

The opener on Sunday saw Paige Smotherman deliver three hits, including a third-inning grand slam to put the Wildcats out in front. Erin Kinney delivered a solo shot in the fourth, and Erin Tauscher had two RBIs of her own, but three errors stuck starting pitcher Maddy Dunn with four unearned runs and a no-decision after she was removed for Brooke Chapman in the sixth. Chapman allowed both her inherited runs to score, accruing her first blown save of the campaign and giving Fox the lead heading to the top of the seventh. Linfield would tie to force an extra frame but failed to score in the eighth, setting the stage for Chapman to yield a walk-off home run to the Bruins.

The nightcap saw Chapman redeem herself in a six-inning complete game victory, navigating six hits, three walks and two Linfield errors to land on one run, which was earned. Erin Tauscher and Darian Stedman drove in two runs each in Sunday’s finale, with Tauscher bagging both on a fourth-inning dinger and Stedman getting a solo shot in the third.

Linfield (5-3, 2-2 NWC) hosts Willamette in their home opener this weekend. Saturday’s twin bill starts at noon.

Saturday, Feb. 27

Linfield 4, George Fox 2

NEWBERG – A two-run jack in the final inning gave the Wildcats the win in the conference opener against the Bruins Saturday, but by day’s end they were stuck with a split as the home team won the nightcap.

The winning and insurance runs in Saturday’s opener came from Cheyenne Fletcher’s hone run, her only hit of the game. Melanie Oord was 3-for-3 for Linfield, and Maddy Dunn bagged her second win with 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball.

In the nightcap, Brynn Lio lasted just 2 2/3 innings in the circle for Linfield, allowing three earned runs on three hits. Alissa Buss, Maddy Colson and Paige Smotherman each had two hits but managed no RBIs between them.

Men’s Tennis

Sunday, Feb. 28

Whitman 9, Linfield 0

Saturday, Feb. 27

Whitworth 9, Linfield 0

The Wildcats could not take a victory off either of the Eastern Washington schools in their visit to McMinnville.

Linfield (2-6, 1-3 NWC) hosts Pacific on Saturday at noon.

Men’s golf

Linfield second in Willamette Cup

The Wildcats tied with Corban College just 22 strokes behind the Willamette Cup-winning Bearcats in the opening of the spring season.

Logan Davis led the ‘Cats with an eight-over-par 152 for the weekend, 10 strokes off the pace. Davis shot a 75 in Saturday’s round at Michelbrook Country Club in McMinnville and carded a 77 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course in Newberg on Sunday.

The Wildcats will play the Puget Sound Invitational this weekend at Gold Mountain Gold Club in Bremerton, Washington.

Women’s golf

‘Cats fade in Willamette Cup final round

Maggie Harlow dropped four strokes off her first day score in the Willamette Cup tournament over the weekend, but Linfield was 70 strokes back of tournament winners Lewis & Clark after Sunday’s play.

Harlow carded a 96 at Michelbrook on Saturday and turned in a 92 at Chehalem Glenn on Sunday, good for 44-over and fifth place. She was the only Linfield golfer to drop strokes over the weekend and one of just 13 golfers to play both rounds.

The Wildcats will play the Puget Sound Invitational this weekend at Gold Mountain Gold Club in Bremerton, Washington.