Feb 25, 2017

Bruins Host 'Cats for NWC Doubleheader

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: Shelby Byerly

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team took to the diamond Saturday, as the Linfield Wildcats traveled to Newberg for a Northwest Conference doubleheader.

Game One:

After the Wildcats got one across in the top of the first, AJ Valencia tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Connor Newell. Linfield tacked on another run in the top of the second and three runs in the top of the fourth. 

The Bruins tried their best to fight back, getting an RBI single from Kyle Esquerra in the top of the sixth inning, and another run in the top of seventh after a groundout from Matt Volzke scored Zachery Muenster.

Despite cutting the Linfield lead to 5-3, the Bruins couldn't continue their comeback. Linfield added five runs in the top of the ninth to take game one, 10-3.

Game Two:
Neither team got much going offensively in the early innings with each squad stranding a runner in the first inning.

The Wildcats struck first scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the third inning. 

Valencia singled with two outs in the bottom of the third, and Connor Newell singled right behind him to put runners on first and second, but the Bruins weren't able to cash in with Valencia in scoring position. 

Linfield continued to add runs in the fourth and fifth innings as they grabbed a commanding lead. The Bruins weren't able to keep pace as the Wildcats took game two, 11-0.

Top Performers:
Game One:

Newell, Esquerra and Volzke each drove a run, and Valencia drew two walks and scored twice for the Bruins. 

Game Two:
Six Bruins recorded hits in game two, and Isaac Olson struck out five and gave up just one hit in three relief innings. 

What Comes Next:
The Bruins and Wildcats will return to Morse Field Sunday for the final game of the weekend series. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.