Feb 26, 2017

Bruins' Comeback Falls Short Against 'Cats

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)

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team not only battled the Linfield Wildcats Sunday, but Mother Nature also played a role, as both teams played two innings with snow coming down. The 'Cats were able to hold off the Bruins late game comeback with a score of 11-9.

The first inning was a quick one as both starters came out shutting down the top of the order. The Wildcats were able to get their first run on the board in the top of the second after a two out throwing error kept the inning alive. After the error, a single up the right side put two runners on and Colton Robinson singles up the middle to give the 'Cats a 1-0 lead.

The Bruins were quick to respond, as they found home plate in the bottom half of the second with a nifty play. Andrew Reichenbach forced the 'Cats hand on a steal to second, and Kyle Esquerra, who was on third from a leadoff single scored on the throw to tie the score up at 1-1. Dillon Blankenship and Matt Voelzke worked two walks and Brandon Wileman gave the Bruins their only lead of the game with a single to center field, 2-1.

Linfield evened the score up in the third with a run, and jumped out to a 9-2 lead after putting up seven runs in the fourth.

Both teams tallied a run in the fifth, but the Bruins found some wiggle room in the sixth and seventh inning with two runs apiece. Blankenship got the ball rolling for the Bruins in the sixth with a double to left field, which scored Esquerra for the second time on the day. Voelzke followed suit with a single through the right side, and the Bruins continued to claw at the deficit.

On the defensive side, Mikah Takashige came in for the Bruins in the top of the fourth and was wonderful. The junior right-hander went 4.2 innings, with his biggest innings coming down the stretch. Takashige allowed just two runs during his time on the mound, while blanking the 'Cats in the seventh and eighth inning.

George Fox entered the bottom of the ninth down four, but that quickly changed as bases were loaded after a hit by pitch and two straight walks. Zachery Muenster delivered a well hit ball to left center, which brought home Sam Swenson and the Bruins first run of the inning. Voelzke hit a one out single through the left side and the Bruins were suddenly down two with the game-winning run on first. The Bruins couldn't capitalize, though, as they left all three stranded after a foul out and a strikeout.

Top Performers:
Esquerra led the bats, going 3-4 at the plate with three runs scored. Voelzke recorded two hits and two RBIs. Takashige and Voelzke combined for six strikeouts.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins hit the road to take on Pacific for a three game series March 4-5.