Top-ranked Linfield drops first game of season; Trinity (Texas) wins series
McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Chris Haddeland and Joseph Stevick combined for a two-hit shutout and top-ranked Linfield produced six runs before five Western Oregon pitchers quieted the Wildcat offense to split a doubleheader in non-conference baseball action on a blustery Sunday afternoon at Roy Helser Field.
Linfield's Jo Carroll and Western Oregon's Tim Rausch delivered multiple-RBI performances to lead their respective teams to victory, with the Wildcats taking a 6-0 win in Game 1 before the Wolves responded with a 5-0 triumph in Game 2.
The two-game series, featuring defending NCAA Division III champion Linfield (5-1) and reigning Great Northwest Athletic Conference champion Western Oregon (5-3), was originally scheduled as a home-and-home series, but a rainy week on top of already wet field conditions from a weekend snowstorm forced the teams to play both games in McMinnville.
No. 5 Trinity (Texas) 13, No. 14 Millsaps 10
JACKSON, Miss. -- Trinity (Texas) finished off a three-game weekend series with a 13-10 extra-inning win at Millsaps College on Sunday afternoon.
Trinity improved to 5-1 on the season, taking two of the three games the past two days. The Tigers won 11-2 in the opener, then lost 5-3 in game two of the Saturday doubleheader.
The Majors actually led by three runs heading into the ninth inning, but the Tigers rallied to tie the game 10-10 and force extra innings. Trinity then won it with three more runs in the top of the 11th.
Trinity opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, but Millsaps came back with a run in the bottom of the inning, as well as a four-run fourth to take a 5-2 lead. After the Tigers answered with a three-run fifth to tie it, Millsaps quickly went back in front 6-5 in the bottom half.
Millsaps then went up 9-5 with three more runs in the seventh, than after Trinity scored twice in the eighth, the hometown team tacked on an insurance run to make it 10-7 - setting up the Tiger comeback in the ninth.
Trinity loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, then got RBI singles from Austin Singer and Chris Bianchi. Connor Moore followed that with a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
In the 11th, the first two Tiger hitters were retired, but a two-out rally that included a Millsaps error plated three unearned runs. Carter McEachern drove in the eventual game-winner, while Christian Muscarello added an RBI double in the inning.
The two teams hammered out 23 runs on 35 hits in the game, committing five total errors. The Tiger offense had 20 of the hits, including six players with multi-hit afternoons.
Bianchi led the way for Trinity with a 5-6 performance, driving in two runs, and scoring three more. Among his five hits were a double and a home run, giving him four extra-base hits over the weekend.
McEachern went 4-7 with three runs and two RBI, while Singer and Pat Hirschberg picked up three hits each. Moore went 2-5 with two RBI and three runs, while Muscarello and Jeremy Wolf picked up two RBI each. Wolf also had two hits and drew a walk to reach base three times in the game.
Kevin Flores (1-0) earned his first collegiate win for the Tigers, pitching the final 1.2 innings, retiring all four batters he faced - including a pair of 11th-inning strikeouts. Kyle Bogese started the game for Trinity, allowing six runs (five earned) over five-plus innings, and striking out five batters.
Alex Herz also pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, coming on to shut down Millsaps in the eighth inning. After Millsaps scored 10 runs over the first eight innings, Herz and Flores shut down the home team over the final three frames to set up the win.