Mar 06, 2017

Extra, Extra! Bruins Complete Sweep in Extra Innings

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 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)

By: Jake Bienvenue

HILLSBORO, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team finished up its three-game series with the Pacific Boxers at Ron Tonkin Field Monday, as the Bruins earned a nail biting 7-5 win in extra innings.

The Boxers jumped out to an early advantage with a run in each of the first two innings, earning a 2-0 lead against the away team.

The Bruins struck back in the top of the fifth inning as AJ Valencia singled and advanced to second on an error, only to run home on another error, cutting the deficit to just one.

The Boxers retaliated with a run in the bottom of the fifth to widen the gap, 3-1.

George Fox came back big in the top of the eighth with a monster four-run inning. Andrew Reichenbach singled up the middle to send Zachery Muenster to second. Matthew Ramirez singled up the middle for the two RBI, bringing home Reichenbach and Muenster. Matt Voelske and Bryan Branstatter both earned RBI's, sending Kyle Esquerra and Matthew Ramirez home to give the Bruins the 5-3 advantage.

A run by the Boxers in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings evened the score at 5-5 to send the teams into extra innings.

After a scoreless 10th inning, the Bruins turned it on in the top of the 11th with two runs in clutch time. Michael Ziccarelli bunted to send Connor Newell and Houston Thom to third and second base respectively after the pair had both walked. Kyle Esquerra reached first on a fielder's choice to get the RBI, sending Newell home for the run. Matt Voelke walked to first for an insurance RBI as he brought Andrew Reichenbach in for the second run of the inning.

The Bruins earned the win with solid play in extra innings, 7-5.

Top Performers:
Ramirez and Voelke led the team with two RBIs apiece. Esquerra got an RBI as well to contribute to the Bruins scoring effort. The Bruins went through four pitchers in the game, as Alex Jondal earned his first win of the year. Garett Day, Mikah Takashige, David Howell and Jondal all recorded two strikeouts a piece.

What It Means:
For the first time this season, the Bruins recorded a Northwest Conference sweep over the Boxers. The Bruins now stand at 5-9 on the season and 4-5 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins host the Whitworth Pirates Saturday, March 12, in a NWC double-header with the first game set to begin at 11:00am.