Linfield gets first conference series win against Puget Sound

Joe Stuart, Staff Writer

On Sunday in game three, Linfield baseball was able to continue their success of game two to win the 11-5 and take the series.

Cason Cunningham, ’19, started for the Wildcats, his fourth start of the season.

Linfield’s offense would come in spurts in game three, starting in the first inning when they scored four runs, largely in part of taking advantage of multiple errors committed by Puget Sound.

Scott Hilpert, ’17, and Finn McMichael, ’16, both scored after Puget Sound’s Nathan Backes committed a throwing error off of Eric Lawson’s, ’16, grounder that would allow Lawson to reach get all the way to third. Lawson then scored off of a RBI base hit by Andrews.

After stealing second base, Ben Andrews, ’17, would reach third on a wild pitch thrown by Puget Sound starter Anthony Brady. Andrews then was brought home by Jake Gellos, ’18, singling to right field.

Puget Sound saw a similar story in the third inning, scoring two runs, both unearned thanks to Linfield errors by Gellos and John Carroll, ’17, making the score 4-2.

The ’Cats answered right back in the third, scoring three.

Andrews led off with a double, and another RBI single by Gellos, which also advanced Ryan Pladson, ’17. to third. An error by Loggers shortstop Layne Croney allowed Brady Rediger, ’18, to reach and score Pladson, with Gellos advancing to third.

A sacrifice play by David Mason, ’16, brought in Gellos, putting Linfield up 7-2.

In the top of the fourth, Cason Cunningham, ’19, was pulled for Carter Buuck, ’18, who threw three innings and allowed one run in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning.

Joe Perryman, ’16, would finish the game on the mound for the ’Cats, and would get the win.

Linfield would pad their lead in the seventh inning, scoring four more.

The play of the game came when Rediger tripled, scoring Ryan Ross, ’18, who had come in as a pinch hitter for Carroll. Rediger scored off a double down the left field line by Mason, who was then advanced by a base hit by McMichael.

On an error by Puget Sound pitcher David Follet hit by Lawson, both Mason and McMichael were able to score, putting the score at 11-4.

Perryman allowed one run by Puget Sound in the top of the ninth, to put the final score at 11-5.

McMichael’s hit gave him a hit in 11 straight games, a streak of a hit in every game this season. McMichael also leads the conference in hits with 25, is second in the conference in batting average, .490 on the year, on base percentage, .587, and slugging percentage, .706.

Linfield’s series win put them at fourth in the Northwest Conference standings, a game behind the Lewis and Clark Pioneers.

That will likely change next weekend, when Linfield takes on Lewis and Clark on the road in a three game series.