Feb 02, 2018

Bruins Earn First Win Over Schreiner University

A Winning Tradition

 
  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2004)
  • Eight NCAA D-III National Tournaments (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • One NCAA Regional Championship (West 2004)
  • 10 Northwest Conference Championships (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • 19 straight seasons .500 or better (1996-2014)
  • Eight Top 30 national rankings (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014)
  • 23 All-Americans
  • One National Pitcher of the Year (Scott Hyde - 2004)
  • One D3Baseball.com All-West Region Rookie of the Year (Matt Voelzke - 2017)
  • 10 Academic All-Americans
  • One NCAA National Coach of the Year
  • One NCAA Region Coach of the Year
  • 10 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • Five NAIA District Tournaments (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994)
  • Three NAIA Disctrict Championships (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • Five NAIA Regional Tournaments (1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998)
  • Two NAIA Distrcit Coach of the Years
  • 22 players signed to professional contracts
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Finalists (Derrick Jones - 2005, Scott Hyde - 2004, Eric Bell - 2003)
  • One Slats Gill Coach of the Year Award (Pat Bailey - 2004 finalist)
  • One George Fox Pasero Team of the Year (2004)
 

By: Alex Plusquellec

AUSTIN, Texas --- After losing in the bottom of the ninth Thursday night, the George Fox baseball team turned the tides Friday afternoon, rallying late to take down Schreiner University, 7-5.

Recap:

The Bruins and Mountaineers were held in check through the first three innings. Starting pitcher Alex Jondal allowed just four hits through the first five innings and worked out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the third.

It took until the bottom of the fourth inning but the Bruins struck first. After back-to-back singles by Sam Swenson and Kyler Brudwick, the Bruins were in business. With one out, Houston Thom stepped up to the plate and hit a high fly ball to center field, deep enough to drive in Swenson.

Turner Glenn's single crossed the gap allowing Brudwick to score, and the Bruins took a 2-0 lead after the fourth.

Jondal made quick work of the Mountaineers in the top of the fifth, but Schreiner stayed aggressive. With two outs in the top of the sixth and having already cut the 2-0 deficit in half, the Mountaineers collected three more runs to take a 4-2 advantage.

The Bruins answered in the bottom of the sixth as Brudwick scored again on a Glenn groundout. Marc Audet's grounder to shortstop allowed AJ Valencia to score, and the Bruins tied the game 4-4.

The Mountaineers struck again in the top of the eighth, taking the lead 5-4 on a groundout to shortstop.

Needing a late rally, Thom and Glenn came up big. Thom was able to reach on a throwing error while driving in Brudwick, and Glenn's single to left brought home Thom and Valencia.

The Bruins took a 7-5 lead into the top of the ninth where Mikah Takashige shut down the Mountaineers' rally on his way to picking up the win in relief.

Top Performers:

Glenn proved to be a tough out on Friday, going 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs. Thom picked an RBI for the second straight game while Brudwick crossed home plate three times. Jondal's no decision included three earned runs and four strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched.

What It Means:

The Bruins came up clutch when they needed to, rallying to win their first game of the season. They now sit at 1-1.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins and Mountaineers will go for round two Saturday afternoon, with first pitch set for 12:30 p.m.