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PACIFIC 3, GEORGE FOX 0: Boxers’ Fahey Shuts Out Bruins in Rain-Delayed Series Finale
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Southpaw Chad Fahey (2-1) threw a six-hit shutout and got just enough run support to give the Pacific University Boxers a 3-0 victory and a 2-1 Northwest Conference baseball series win over the George Fox University Bruins Sunday afternoon here at Bond Field in a game that was three hours late starting due to rain.
Fahey struck out six and walked only one in the route-going performance, and got help from his defense as the Boxers turned four double plays, including a game-ending 6-3 twin killing on a line drive by Nick Benish to shortstop Jared Van Hoon. Another one, a 6-4-3 turn in the 3rd, got the Boxers’ lefty out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam.
George Fox rookie right-hander Tom Zarosinski (1-3) matched goose eggs with Fahey through three innings before being victimized by an error in the 4th. With one out, Logan Moen hit a sharp grounder to Derek Blankenship at third, who skipped his throw past Danny Clifford at first and down toward the right-field corner. Moen wound up at third and score an unearned run on Nate Rasmussen’s single to center.
The Boxers added two insurance runs in the 7th. Kevin Schwartz singled with one out and Nick Tasaka doubled to right-center to drive him in. A single by Van Hoon off reliever Taylor Hill scored Schwartz.
Zarosinski finished with six hits allowed, eight strikeouts and three walks before Hill and Eric Kittelson, who threw two innings of one-hit shutout relief, finished up. Tasaka had three of the Boxers’ nine hits off the Bruins, the only player in the game with multiple hits.
NEXT: George Fox (7-11, NWC 3-3) visits Willamette University for a three-game NWC set next weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 12:00 noon ... Pacific (7-9, NWC 4-2) steps outside the conference to visit Corban University Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. single game.