Feb 02, 2017

Bruins Open Season Against Boxers

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)

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

NEWBERG, Ore. --- It was a cold opening day for the George Fox baseball team Thursday afternoon, as the Bruins fell to the visiting Boxers of Pacific University, 15-4.

The Boxers struck first in the opening inning with three runs. Two home runs gave the Boxers a lead after the top of the first, but Zachery Muenster responded for the Bruins in the bottom half of the inning. Muenster singled to center field to bring home Zach Rhoads. The Bruins trailed the Boxers after one, 3-1.

Starter Garrett Day settled in after the first inning, and pitched a clean sheet until the top of the fourth when Alex Jondal came in to relieve Day. Jondal kept the clean sheet going until Boxer Austin Amundson scored a run off a single to right field in the top of the sixth. Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year Dustin Wells replaced Jondal in the sixth and got the Bruins out of the jam with a strikeout.

Wells recorded two more strikeouts in the seventh and kept the Bruins within distance.

The Boxers added to their score in the eighth with four runs, improving their lead to 9-1. George Fox answered the Boxers four runs with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Muenster was the hero again, drilling a ball to right center to bring home AJ Valencia. The rally continued with Sam Swenson, who recorded a two-RBI single to left field to put the Bruins down by five, 9-4.

The final inning was a doozy, as the Boxers scored six runs to end the game with a 15-4 lead.

Top Performers:
Muenster led the Bruins going 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Wells led the pitching crew with five strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched.

What It Means:
With the loss, the Bruins open their season 0-1.

What Comes Next:
If the weather holds up, the Bruins will have a chance for a rematch against the Boxers Sunday, Feb. 5, with first pitch at 11a.m.