Mar 25, 2017

Bruins Clinch NWC Series Over Bearcats Saturday

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)

Photo Taken By: Shelby Byerly

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team picked up two big wins Saturday, as they clinched the Northwest Conference series against the Willamette Bearcats in a doubleheader. 

Game One:

Dustin Wells got plenty of run support as the lefty went seven strong innings allowing five hits while striking out five. 

Brandon Wileman's RBI double in the bottom of the second inning gave the Bruins an early 1-0 and they never looked back. A single from Sam Swenson in the bottom of the third added two more runs and Bruins led 3-0 after three.

Zachery Muenster led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run. After Matt Voelzke and Kyle Esquerra reached base, Andrew Reichenbach sent one deep to right field, his second home run of the season. 

After the Bearcats picked up two runs in the top of the sixth, Muenster added to the Bruins' lead with an RBI single, making the score 8-2.

Despite giving up two runs in the eighth, the Bruins breezed through the ninth to seal an 8-4 win.

Game Two:
Willamette struck first on an RBI single in the top of the first. In the bottom of the second, the Bruins responded. With two strikes, Gavin Speegle doubled to right driving in Wileman and Reichenbach. In the next at bat, AJ Valencia knocked in Speegle and the Bruins took a 3-1 lead. 

The Bruins led the rest of the way and took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth when Wileman's solo homer gave the Bruins a 4-2 advantage. 

In the bottom of the seventh, the Bruins picked up four more runs to extend their lead. An RBI single by Reichenbach and three-run home run by Swenson gave the Bruins an 8-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish. 

Top Performers:
Game One:

Reichenbach's 3 RBI day led the way for the Bruins, who scored eight runs on 11 hits. Swenson and Muenster each drove in two runs apiece, providing adequate run support for Wells.

Game Two:
The power of Wileman and Swenson led the way for the Bruins in game two. Swenson's three-run blast and Wileman's solo shot were the first home runs of the season for each player. Speegle's two RBI were big for the Bruins as well.

What It Means:
The Bruins Saturday sweep marked their first home wins of the season and inched them closer to a .500 record in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to complete the sweep Sunday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m.