Bearcats are defeated by Wildcats

McMinnville, Ore. - Willamette was outhit by the Wildcats of Linfield 20-3 during a Northwest Conference doubleheader sweep Saturday at the Linfield softball diamond. The Wildcats, ranked No. 23 in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, won the opener 9-0 in five innings, the blanked the Bearcats 8-0 in a six-inning nightcap.

Linfield (31-7, 24-2 NWC) has clinched the league championship outright as well as securing the conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The regional playoffs are scheduled for May 7-10 with the pairings expected to be announced Monday, May 3.

Willamette dropped to 16-21 overall, 12-14 in the NWC.

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The two teams complete their four-game set Sunday in McMinnville with a twinbill starting at noon.