Mar 01, 2014

GEORGE FOX 8-6, LEWIS & CLARK 0-1: Bruins Sweep Past Pioneers to Open NWC Play

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 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 Jared Beilby, Student Intern


PORTLAND, Ore. – Senior Derek Dixon went 5-5 in the opener and hit a home run in both games as the George Fox University Bruins swept their Northwest Conference season-opening baseball doubleheader from the Lewis & Clark Pioneers by scores of 8-0 and 6-1 Saturday afternoon here at the Huston Sports Complex.


The Bruins (12-1, 2-0 NWC) won their ninth and tenth straight games with the pair of victories over the Pioneers (3-5, 0-2 NWC). This is the best start for the Bruins since the 2007 club opened 19-1 after winning 14 straight to open the season.


Game 1 – George Fox 8, at Lewis & Clark 0


In the opener, George Fox used a three-run third inning to start the scoring as senior Josh Rapacz hit a two-run single and Dixon added an RBI single. In the next inning, senior Danny Clifford hit a double and then sophomore Kadyn Nannini and junior Matthew Zeller both hit RBI singles to put the Bruins up 5-0. In the seventh, Dixon connected for a 3-run right-field blast that gave the Bruins an 8-0 lead.


Dixon just missed hitting for the cycle with three singles, a double and a home run in five at-bats. Rapacz, Nannini and sophomore Clay Mott added two hits each. Senior Clay Gartner (4-0) went the distance on the mound for the win, allowing six hits while striking out five. He did not walk a batter through the first eight innings. As a team, the Bruins out-hit the Pioneers 13-6.


Junior Ryan Strombom (0-2) was the losing pitcher for the Pioneers, giving up 12 hits and eight runs in seven innings work.


Game 2 – George Fox 6, at Lewis & Clark 1


For the second half of the twinbill, Dixon had help in the long-ball department as both Rapacz and Clifford hammered deep shots to give George Fox a total of four home runs in the two games.


After the Bruins scored a pair of runs in the second inning, Rapacz and Dixon opened the third by hitting back-to-back solo homers to make the score 4-0. Lewis & Clark managed to sneak a run in the bottom of the inning, ending a 13-inning scoreless streak that dated back to last year against George Fox. Clifford opened the fifth with a right-field four-bagger and Rapacz added an RBI single in the eighth for the 6-1 final.


Rapacz, Dixon, Clifford and Taylor Johnson all had two hits for the Bruins, who out-hit the Pioneers 11-7. For the season, Dixon has a .906 slugging percentage in 13 games, while Rapacz is currently hitting .519 after 13 games.


Junior Ian Buckles (3-0) tossed a complete game for the win while striking out eight and did not walk a batter.  Sophomore Aaron Landecker (1-2) pitched five innings on the rubber for the Pios and took the loss, allowing nine hits and five earned runs.


It was a clean fielding afternoon as both sides played errorless in the doubleheader’s entire 18 innings.  George Fox has gone now 34 innings without an error.


NEXT: Lewis & Clark hosts George Fox in the third game of the three-game series at 12 p.m. Sunday in Portland.