Mar 11, 2017

Bruins Play Two Against Pirates

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team hosted the Whitworth Pirates in a Saturday afternoon double-header, losing both games to their tough opponent.

Game One:
The Pirates came out hard with a home run in the top of the first inning and an RBI in the top of the third to jump out to an early lead. 

The Bruins began their own scoring effort in the bottom of the fourth as Andrew Reichenbach walked to first and Connor Newell hit an RBI double to send him home. Newell had another RBI in the bottom of the sixth to send Reichenbach home once again, this time on a single through the left side. George Fox evened the score at two in front of the home crowd.

Whitworth struck back in the top of the seventh with a two RBI homer and another run to earn the 5-2 advantage.

Holding the Pirates scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings, the Bruins had the chance to even or win the game in the bottom of the ninth. AJ Valencia reached first on a fielder's choice to earn the RBI and send Matt Voelzke home, but the effort wasn't enough to get the win in the first game of the afternoon.

Game Two:
Whitworth began game two as strong as game one, jumping out to a 2-0 lead by scoring in the top of the first and third innings.

The game remained contested through four scoreless innings until, in the top of the seventh, the Pirates managed to tally an additional seven runs.

The home team managed to get on the board in the bottom of the seventh as hits from Dillon Blankenship and Bryan Branstatter put the Bruins in scoring position. Tristan Guillen singled for the two RBI, paving the way for the Bruins to score.

Top Performers:
Game One:
Newell led the Bruin offense in this one, going two for four at the plate with two RBI. Voelzke went one for two at the plate with a run and Reichenbach ran home two runs as well. Dustin Wells had six strikeouts at the mound.

Game Two:
Guillen led the Bruins with two RBI going one for two at the plate.

What It Means:
The Bruins move to 4-7 in the NWC in the midst of some tough conference play.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins look to get their revenge tomorrow, hosting Whitworth in a matchup set for 12:00pm.