Feb 12, 2016

Kent Sharp as Bruins Fall to Emory

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: Ryan Lackey

GEORGETOWN, Texas --- The Bruins continued their preseason tour against Emory University, consistently one of the top Division-III baseball programs in the country, on Friday afternoon in Texas. The Bruins ran into one of Emory's top arms, Jackson Weeg, and lost, 8-0.

Weeg, who made several preseason award shortlists, was locked in from the first pitch on Friday. Over his six innings of work, he allowed four hits and struck out four. Bruin starter Liam Kent, however, was nearly as sharp, going six-and-two-thirds innings and meting out just four hits and single unearned run, striking out three. Over the first three innings, Kent and Weeg matched zeroes, until an Andrew Reichenbach error in the fourth put Emory on the board, 1-0.

Still, with Kent in fine form, the Bruins were never out of the game, keeping the score at 1-0 through seven. Unfortunately for the Bruins, Emory found the Bruins's relievers more palatable, than the miserly Kent, tagging Mason Dunning for three runs in his inning of work, and scoring four earned runs on Jake Timlin in the ninth.

Though the final score stood 8-0 in favor of Emory, the Bruins played far better than the score suggests. Were Friday's matchup a seven-inning game, the loss would remain a more than respectable 1-0.

Top Performers:
Kent deserves praise for checking Emory's explosive offense for seven innings, and his potential bodes well for the Bruins against NWC competition. Offensively, Brandon Wileman went 1-3 with a double.

What It Means:
The Bruins have three more games on their swing through Texas before beginning NWC play against Pacific on the 20th.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins play Concordia in the latter half of their Friday doubleheader.