McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Tenth-ranked Linfield earned a 5-0 win over visiting Whitworth in the third game of a Northwest Conference softball series on Sunday. The series finale was suspended by rain heading to the bottom of the sixth inning with the Pirates ahead 4-2.
Whitworth (20-8 overall, 14-4 NWC) now has two league games under suspension that that Pirates will have to complete before the start of the NWC tournament on April 26th. A game at George Fox on March 3 was suspended in the tenth inning due to darkness with the teams tied 8-8.
Linfield (25-4-1, 18-1) got its second shutout win of the series by senior pitcher Shelby Saylors, who held the Pirates to six hits. She struck out six batters and did not allow a walk.
Whitworth starting pitcher Drea Schwaier-Wolf threw only two bad pitches in the game. Abi Proffitt drilled a two-run home run for Linfield in the second inning and Maddy Colson hit a three-run shot in the fourth for all of Linfield's offense.
Schwaier-Wolf fell to 11-3 allowed only two earned runs on six hits in four innings.
A date and time for the completion of the game has not been determined.