Mar 20, 2017

Bruins Take Series Over Blues

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

WALLA WALLA, Wash. --- The George Fox baseball team played its third and final game of the Northwest Conference series against the Whitman Blues Monday, taking the series by a score of 9-5.

The Bruins, capitalizing on the momentum from yesterday's win, came out hot with two runs in the top of the second inning. A single from Sam Swenson began the action, and a subsequent home run to left field from Brandon Wileman earned the two RBIs and the lead, 2-0.  

Whitman came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the second, but the Bruins kept the pressure on with a sac fly RBI from Connor Newell in the bottom of the third to keep the lead. The score was close at 3-1.

The home team managed a three-run inning in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead from the Bruins.

Not to be done away with, the Bruins came back big in the top of the seventh. Hits from Zachery Muenster and Matt Voelzke put two on-base, setting up Matthew Ramirez for a two RBI single down the left field line. The Bruins retook the lead, 5-4.

The Bruins weren't done just yet, managing to tally a four-run inning in the top of the eighth to put away the home team for good. Andrew Reichenbach got it going with a double to left center, followed by a single from Wileman. Jalen Drath sent Reichenbach home with a single and Muenster brought Wileman home with a single, each earning an RBI. A sac fly from Kyle Esquerra and a single from Ramirez earned the other two RBIs, setting the score at 9-5.

Top Performers:
The Bruins had a lot of guys get it done today: Ramirez led the team with three RBIs, going two-for-four at the plate. Wileman was close behind with two RBIs, and Muenster, Esquerra, Newell, and Drath all contributed one RBI as well.  Muenster and Wileman were the only Bruins to record three hits in the contest. Matt Voelzke earned his first collegiate win today on the bump with 3.2 innings pitched and three stakeouts.

What It Means:
The Bruins earn a huge series victory with a tough conference win today, coming back from a loss in the first game with two straight wins. The team moves to 7-13 on the season and 6-9 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
George Fox resumes play Saturday, March 25, hosting Willamette in a conference matchup double-header at 12:00pm and 3:00pm.