Feb 11, 2017

Bruins Best Tigers in Final Day at 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 bounced back Saturday, as the Bruins earned their first win of the season over Occidental, 6-2.

AJ Atherton received his first collegiate start in the final day of the Cactus Classic, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing just two hits and two runs. The Tigers struck first in the bottom of the first with one run, but the Bruins responded with one of their own in the top of the second. Bryan Branstatter recorded a two-out RBI after bringing Matt Voelzke home for the first run.

Oxy managed to get one more on the board in the bottom of the third before the Bruins' pitching staff settled in for the remainder of the game.

The Bruins found their bats in the seventh and eighth innings, recording one run in the seventh and four in the eighth. Dillon Blankenship doubled down the right field line to bring in Voelzke for his second run scored in the seventh. The Bruins finished the game off with four runs in the eighth to take a large lead in the closing inning. Voelzke came in to close out the game for the Bruins, giving up just one hit in the final inning.

Top Performers:
AJ Valencia went 2-4 at the plate, while Sam Swenson went a perfect 2-2 with one RBI.

What It Means:
With the win, the Bruins stand at 1-4 on the season entering Northwest Conference play.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins kick off NWC play against Lewis & Clark Saturday, Feb. 18 with a double-header.