Feb 23, 2018

Bruins Open NWC Series Against 'Cats With A Win

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)
  • Nine Top 30 national rankings (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018)
  • 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

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team scored 13 runs on 15 hits Friday evening as they improved to 4-0 in Northwest Conference play with a victory over the Linfield Wildcats.

Recap:

The Bruins spotted the Wildcats two runs in the bottom of the first, but quickly found their groove at the plate in the top of the second inning, albeit with two outs.

Austin Baek was the Bruins first base runner of the game after being hit by a pitch, and Matt Voelzke quickly followed after drawing a walk. AJ Valencia's single to shortstop loaded the bases for Jerred Seamons, whose base hit to right scored Baek. 

After Jantzen Tamanaha drew a bases-loaded walk, Sam Swenson notched his 10th double of the season to clear the bases and give the Bruins a 5-2 lead after two.

Cameron Jack settled in after giving up two early runs, going six innings while striking out four. The right-hander kept the Linfield bats at bay while his offense continued to generate runs.

Houston Thom led off a three-run third inning with a single and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a Baek single, Voelzke's sacrifice bunt scored Thom and extended the Bruin lead to 6-2. With one out in the inning, Seamons' second hit of the game brought home two more to push the lead to 8-2.

The Bruins picked up one more run in the fourth on an RBI single by Voelzke, giving Jack a 9-2 advantage to work with.

After the two sides went scoreless in the fifth, the Bruins added three in the fifth. With the bases loaded, Seamons, Tamanaha and Swenson drew three straight walks, giving the Bruins a 12-2 lead.

Linfield was able to get one run across in both the seventh and eighth innings, but any rally that was to be was shut down by Isaac Olson and the defense of the Bruins.

The Bruins picked up one more in the ninth, putting the finishing touches on a 13-4 road victory.

Top Performers:

The top of the Bruin lineup was locked in on Friday as Seamons and Swenson each racked up four RBIs. Tamanaha and Voelzke each drove in two, and Turner Glenn's RBI in the ninth gave the freshman his fifth of the year. Jack's strong outing earned him his second win of the season.

What It Means:

The Bruins are now winners of four in a row and sit at 10-2, 4-0 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins and Wildcats will get the day off on Saturday before returning to action Sunday for a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 12 p.m.