Athlete of the Week: Noah Linhart ’19

Last Thursday against DeSales, Linhart tossed a gem. The Hendersonville, N.C. native propelled the Garnet to a 6-2 victory as he tossed a complete game, allowing only six hits and zero earned runs. The effort helped Linhart lower his ERA to an impressive 2.00, which ranks 6th in the Conference. Linhart will start the Garnet’s next game on Friday at Washington College.
MAX KASSAN: What is your major and what influenced you to pursue it?
NOAH LINHART: My major is biology which I became interested in when I took my first biology class during my freshman year of high school.
MK: What is your favorite Swarthmore athletics memory?
NL: My favorite memory so far is playing two ball on spring break with PO Nation [how the pitchers refer to their cohort].
MK: Last Thursday’s game was your first collegiate complete game. What was going through your mind in the ninth inning?
NL: The only thing on my mind going into the 9th inning was making sure I didn’t try and do too much. The defense behind me was doing a great job all game and I knew that they had my back.
MK: You are one of four very solid starters for the Swarthmore pitching staff this year, what are the dynamics on the pitching staff like?
NL: I feel like the dynamic on the staff focuses around being prepared but also playing relaxed and with confidence. We are very close and everyone knows that the staff has eachothers’ backs, which is a real comforting thought when the time comes to pitch in a big situation.
MK: What are your expectations for the conference season?
NL: I feel like we are going to win a lot of games this conference season. We are a young and talented team with great synergy among everybody. The upperclassmen have done a great job in preparing us for a tough schedule, which I think will help us as the season progresses.

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