Apr 02, 2016

Bruins Split Twin Bill With Loggers

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)

TACOMA, Wash. --- It was an exciting two games out on the diamond on Saturday, as the George Fox baseball team split with Puget Sound.

Game 1

George Fox drew blood first in the top of the second as Clay Mott drove a ball to right center, scoring Kyle Esquerra for the first run of the game. Puget Sound responded in the bottom half of the inning, hanging three runs on the scoreboard after Ben Jones homored down the left field line.

Kadyn Nannini answered back for the Bruins in the top of the fourth with a solo home run over the left field fence, and Caylen Clardy doubled down the right field line to tie the game up, 3-3. The Bruins regained the lead in the fifth with two more runs, but the Loggers hung around with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth.

The Loggers bagged two more runs in the bottom of the seventh after a fielder's choice RBI and a sacrifice fly that scored the other. The Bruins weren't done, though, as they rallied and scored two runs in the eighth to take a 7-6 lead. It all started with two outs, as Mott reached on a fielding error and Caylen Clardy smashed a ball over the left field fence to take the lead.

The Loggers responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the eighth to force a tie, and a single through the right side gave the Loggers the walk off win in the ninth.

Game 2
The Bruins got back on track in the second game recording a season-high 19 hits. The scoring came in chunks for the Bruins with three in the second, three in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Six Bruins recorded two hits or more in the game, and the power at the plate gave the Bruins an easy 11-6 over the Loggers.

Top Performers:
Game 1

Clardy led the Bruins going 3-4 at the plate with three RBIs. He was the only Bruin to record more than one hit on the day. Dustin Wells pitched seven innings for the Bruins before Jake TImlin and Sam Moreland came in to relieve the starter.

Game 2
Andrew Reichenbach went 4-6 at the plate with two RBI, while Clardy again had a big performance, going 3-5 at the plate. AJ Valencia, Nannini, Jacob Woehler and Ansel Webster all recorded two hits apiece. Woehler also recorded three RBIs on the day. Alex Jondal got the start for the Bruins and pitched his first complete game, improving to 4-2 on the season. He gave up nine hits while striking out six batters.

What It Means:
With the split, the Bruins are now 17-12 on the season and 10-7 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will play in the rubber match tomorrow on Sunday with first pitch at 12:00 p.m.