Wildcats complete three-game sweep of Whitman

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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Linfield used a four-run sixth inning to break away from Whitman College to complete a three-game sweep of the Missionaries, 7-2, here Sunday.

On Saturday, the Wildcats exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning of the opener of the Northwest Conference doubleheader and went on to defeat Whitman, 13-1.

In the nightcap, the Missionaries answered Linfield’s seventh-inning score in the top of the eighth, but the Wildcats plated two runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 victory.

In the twin bill Saturday, Whitman’s Spencer Hobson and Linfield’s Aaron Thomassen matched goose eggs through six innings of the night cap. A two-run Wildcat eighth broke a 1-1 tie and propelled Linfield to the win.

The Wildcats took advantage of a Missionary error and two-run singles from Corey VanDomelen and Jake Wylie to score seven fifth-inning runs to break open the first game. Whitman got a ninth-inning double from Connor Madden and Madden scored the only Whitman tally on a Chris Andrews ground out.

Hobson and Thomassen battled through six innings of scoreless baseball in the night cap before a Tim Wilson bases loaded walk gave Linfield a 1-0 lead in the home seventh.

Whitman answered on a two-out, RBI double off the bat of Aaron Cohen to get the Missionaries even. Linfield won it in the home eighth as Kameron Bates came through with a two-out, two-run single.

On Sunday, Linfield’s Joseph Stevick got the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball after spelling starter Zach Brandon.

Justin Weeks took the loss for the Missionaries as he surrendered six runs over five-plus innings.

After the Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 advantage, the Whits struck back with a run in the fifth and sixth to knot things at 2-all.

In the fifth inning, Missionary Aaron Cohen singled home Kyle Buckham, who had had doubled to left with one out, to cut the lead to one with Cohen collecting his 14th RBI and Buckham scoring his team-leading 17th run.

One inning later, Cam Young led off with a double for Whitman and was brought home by a two-out Eli Mathieu double to right to pull the Missionaries even.

The tie was short lived, though, when Linfield rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning. After a lead-off walk, the Wildcats loaded the bases and scored on an infield single to re-take the lead. Then Nick Fisher, who had three hits on the day, struck the decisive blow with a three-run triple to right center.

Sterling Spilinek came in to relieve Weeks and closed out the inning with the Wildcats up 6-2.

Whitman could only manage a Peter Valentine single in the eighth the rest of the way while Linfield tacked on a security run in their half of the eighth to provide the final score.

The Missionaries return home for a three-game series with second-place George Fox, with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, at noon both days.

Sunday’s Game

Whitman 000 011 000 — 2 10 0

Linfield 011 004 01x — 7 15 0

Weeks, Spilinek (6), Maislin (7) and Harned. Brandon, Stevick (6), Speyer (8) and Wylie.

HR — none.

Hits — Whit: Buckham, Braff, Cohen, Young 2, Valentine, Madden 2, Mathieu, Harned; Lin: Wilson 4, Vandomelen, Wylie, Lindell 4, Fisher 3, Harlow, Hopp.

Saturday’s First Game

Whitman 000 000 001 — 1 6 2

Linfield 012 170 02x — 13 14 1

Matherly, Thompson (5), Mathieu (5), Coppinger (8) and Harned, Lari (7); Haddeland, Billeci (7), Miller (8) and Chamberlain.

HR — none.

Hits — Whit: Buckham 1, Braff 1, Cohen 1, Madden 1, Young 1, Valentine 1; Lin: Wilson 3, VanDomelen 1, McClellan 1, Wylie 3, Lindell 2, Truex 1, Harlow 1, Hopp 1, Chamberlain 1.

Saturday’s Second Game

Whitman 000 000 010 — 1 4 0

Linfield 000 000 12x — 3 4 0

Hobson, Maislin (7) and Cohen; Thomassen, Huckins (8) and Laboda.

HR — none.

Hits — Whit: Buckham 1, Braff 1, Cohen 1, Madden 1, Young 1, Valentine 1; Lin: Wilson 3, VanDomelson 1, McClellan 1, Wylie 3, Lindell 2, Truex 1, Harlow 1, Hopp 1, Chamberlain 1.

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