Feb 10, 2017

Bruins Fall to Bulldogs Day Two of Cactus Classic

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)

TUCSON, Ariz. --- The George Fox baseball team was back in action Friday, as the Bruins took on the Bulldogs from the University of Redlands in a tough 12-3 loss.

Both teams came away from the first inning scoreless, as each side left one runner on base. The second inning was different, though, as the Bulldogs exploded in the top of the second with nine runs. Redlands used an unfortunate error by the Bruins to get the momentum going, recording eight hits in the top half of the inning.

George Fox responded in the bottom of the third after Dillon Blankenship worked himself a walk. Matt Voelzke singled through the right side, and Connor Newell reached on a fielder's choice to advance both Blankenship and Voelzke. With the bases loaded, the Bruins were on the receiving end on an error by the Bulldogs to score the Bruins' first run. Kyle Esquerra singled to centerfield with two outs on the board to bring home the final two runs of the inning.

Redlands managed to score one more in the fourth and two more in the fifth before the George Fox pitching staff settled in. In fact, the Bruins kept the Bulldogs off the board for the remainder of the game.

Top Performers:
Connor Newell went 2-3 at the plate, while Esquerra went 1-2 with two RBIs. Mikah Takashige came in to relief for the Bruins and pithed 4.1 innings, giving up just three hits with two strikeouts.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins finish up the Cactus Classic Saturday, Feb. 11, against Occidental at 1p.m. (PST).