Bearcats roll over Linfield, 13-1

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - Nine errors doomed Linfield during an ugly 13-1 Northwest Conference defeat to Willamette Tuesday at Roy Helser Field.

About the only going the Wildcats' way was the weather, which finally turned nice after weeks of rain and dampness. The NWC-leading Bearcats (14-8, 10-2 NWC), who took two of three games in the series, maintained their slim cushion over George Fox in the league standings while Linfield (10-15, 6-9) drifted further off the pace.

The hitting totals favored the Bearcats only slightly, 12-11, but uncharacteristic miscues hastened the Wildcats' demise. Three third-inning errors combined with two Willamette hits to put six runs on the board for the visitors.

Linfield scored its only run in the bottom of the frame when Greg Roberts' sacrafice fly to center field sent home Adam Dale from third

Errors contributed to Willamette runs in the fourth and fifth innings, allowing the Bearcats to build a 9-1 advantage.

Bearcats starter Mike Allen was steady on the mound, striking out five without a walk in eight innings work. Allen also came through at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two RBI and a scored a run. Right fielder Matt Drahn went 3 for 5 with an RBI. Andy Bartels hit his third home run of the season in the eighth.

Willamette hosts a pivotal NWC series this weekend against Pacific, playing one game on Saturday and two on Sunday.