Apr 15, 2018

A Sunday Win Over Loggers Keeps Bruins In The Mix

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)
 

TACOMA --- The George Fox baseball team kept their hopes alive for the Northwest Conference Tournament, as the Bruins beat the Loggers and grabbed an important win today in the final game, 15-9.

Recap:

Going into today's game, it was a must-win for the Bruins to have any chance of grabbing the fourth-seed in the Northwest Conference Tournament.

The rain postponed the other deciding factor with Linfield and Whitman scheduled to play their rubber match Sunday as well. With the game moved to Monday, the Bruins will have to wait and see if they grab that final spot in the NWC Tournament. If Linfield beats Whitman Monday, the Bruins are in. If Whitman beats Linfield, the Bruins fall in the tiebreaker to the Blues and Whitman grabs the fourth-seed.

The Bruins had their backs against the wall to start the game today, as the Loggers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

The Bruins were able to score a run in the top of the third after three singles kicked off the inning. Sam Swenson hit a sacrifice fly a couple at-bats later to bring home Turner Glenn for the Bruins' first run of the game.

George Fox exploded in the top of the sixth with 10 runs to take an 11-3 lead. The Bruins' big inning started with back-to-back walks and a single from Jerred Seamons to load the bases with no outs on the board. Gavin Speegle pinch hit for Kyle Esquerra and earned himself an RBI after being walked. Matt Voelzke, Glenn, AJ Valencia and Austin Baek all recorded singles to bring in a run on each of their at-bats. CJ Ibara capped off the 10-run inning with a triple to right field for the final two RBIs.

The Loggers wouldn't go down without a fight, though, as the home team answered back with six runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to two, 11-9.

Without any hesitation, the Bruins responded in the top of the eighth with four more runs to seal the victory.

Matt Voelzke closed the game out for the Bruins for a new single-season record of eight saves.

Top Performers:

Voelzke grabbed his eighth save of the season to set a new George Fox school record in single-season saves. The sophomore pitched 2.2 innings and struck out four batters to secure the win for the Bruins.

Kyler Brudwick led the Bruins' offense, going 4-5 at the plate with three RBIs. Seamons recorded three hits, while Beak, Voelzke and Glenn hit two apiece.

What It Means:

The Bruins end conference play with a 13-11 record and an overall record of 21-16.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will find out Monday if they are in the NWC Tournament.