Feb 23, 2014

GEORGE FOX 12, POMONA-PITZER 1: Sagehens Buckle Under to Bruins’ Blistering Bats

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)

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Ian Buckles threw seven solid one-run innings and Danny Clifford led a 15-hit attack with three hits, including a double and a grand slam home run, as the George Fox University Bruins blistered the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Sagehens 12-1 in non-conference baseball action Sunday after here at Alumni Field.


Buckles (2-0) scattered six hits during his stint on the mound, allowing only an RBI double to Simon Rosenbaum in the last of the 6th after his teammates had staked him to a 6-0 lead.  Nathan Higa and Christian Jarnigan finished up with a perfect inning apiece, Higa fanning one and Jarnigan two.


The Bruins scored five runs in the 3rd off Pomona starter Casey Hershfield (0-2).  Derek Dixon’s single scored Ian Skiles with the first run of the game before Clifford unloaded the bases with a four-run blast to center, driving in Derek Blankenship, Josh Rapacz, and Dixon ahead of him.  After the Sagehens scored their only run to make it 6-1 in the 6th, the Bruins salted the game away with four runs in the 7th, scoring on RBI singles by Clay Mott, Zac Israel, and Blankenship around s sacrifice fly to left by Matthew Zeller. 


Dixon also had three hits with a double and two runs scored for the Bruins.  Israel and Rapacz had two safeties each, Israel scoring twice, and Blankenship went 1-4 but knocked in four runs.  Rosenbaum was the only Sagehen with two hits, both doubles.


George Fox completed its southern California trip with four wins in as many games and stretched its winning streak to eight while improving to 10-1 overall.  The Bruins are 6-1 against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams this spring.  Pomona-Pitzer dropped to 3-7 overall.


NEXT: George Fox opens Northwest Conference play next weekend, visiting Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., for a doubleheader on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and a single game Sunday at 12:00 noon … Pomona-Pitzer hosts the University of Redlands in an SCIAC contest Friday at 2:30 p.m.