Apr 22, 2016

Bruins Fall To Lutes In Game One of NWC Tournament

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)

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The George Fox baseball team fell to the Lutes of Pacific Lutheran in game two of Friday's Northwest Conference Tournament, 13-6.

It didn't take long for the Bruins to open up the scoring, as they bagged four runs on two hits to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Both AJ Valencia and Caylen Clardy worked walks in their at bats, and Kyle Esquerra grounded out to push both runners to second and third. Jake Thran helped score the first run on a sacrifice fly, and Kaydn Nannini blasted a ball over centerfield fence for a two-run homerun.

The momentum continued in the top of the second with another run, as Gabe Louthan did his work on the bases. Louthan singled up the middle and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Valencia. He then moved to third on a fly out by Clardy. Andrew Reichenbach drew a walk and the double steal was on as Louthan reached home safely.

The Lutes answered back in the bottom half of the second with four runs on five hits to put the Bruins up by just one, 5-4.

A scoreless third inning left both teams hungry for more, and the Bruins tacked another one on after a single by Esquerra scored Clardy, 6-4.

The two-run lead wouldn't hold for the Bruins, though, as Lute' Tyler Thompson hit a three-run homerun to centerfield in the fourth to give the Lutes a 7-6 edge.

Both teams again went scoreless in the fifth, but the Lutes opened up the scoring in the sixth with a pair of homeruns that pushed their lead to five, 11-6.

The seventh inning produced no runs, but another home run by the Lutes in the eighth sealed the deal with a 13-6 victory.

Top Performers:
The Bruins recorded 10 hits on the day and Connor Newell led the team with two. Nannini and Esquerra both tallied two RBIs on the day.

What It Means:
It all comes down to Saturday, as the Bruins will play Pacific in an elimination game at 10:00 a.m. If the Bruins win, they will play the winner between Whitworth and Pacific Lutheran.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to rebound on Saturday against the Boxers of Pacific at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday's Schedule:
Game 3 (10:00 am):  Pacific vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4 (1:00 pm): Whitworth vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 5 (4:00 pm):  Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4