Apr 03, 2016

Missed Chances Doom Bruins Against 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)

By: Ryan Lackey

TACOMA, Wash. --- The Bruins had a chance to grab a series win against Puget Sound going into Sunday's rubber game, but despite a solid, if short, start from Sam Morland, the Bruins lost 3-0 to the Loggers.

Morland was effective over his four-and-two-thirds innings of work, scattering six hits and holding the Loggers to a single run. But the Bruins couldn't get much going offensively, stymied by Loggers starter Merle Rowan-Kennedy and reliever Anthony Brady.

Puget Sound scratched out their one run against Morland in the third: Chris Zerio's sacrifice fly brought in Cal Muramaru. Down 1-0, the Bruins finally woke up in the fourth. AJ Valencia led off with a walk, and Caylen Clardy singled to put two runners on. Andrew Reichenbach hit behind the runners to put them on second and third with one out, but the Bruins couldn't manage to score.

The Bruins stood an even better chance in the fifth, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs, after Kyle Esquerra doubled and Connor Newell dropped down a bunt single. But, again, the Bruins were retired with no runs.

The Loggers added single runs in the sixth and eighth to put the game, and the series, away, 3-0.

Top Performers:
Newell and Clardy both finished 2-4. Reichenbach walked twice and had a smart groundout in the fourth. Esquerra had the Bruins's only extra-base hit.

What It Means:
With the series loss, the Bruins sit at 17-13 overall and 10-8 in conference play.

What Comes Next:
Next weekend, the Bruins return home for a three-game series with Lewis & Clark.