Mar 28, 2017

Bruins Take Series Over Bearcats

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)

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Action resumed Tuesday in the final game of the Northwest Conference series against George Fox and Willamette. The Bearcats were able to mount a comeback in the final game of the series, but the Bruins marched back for a non-conference win against the Bearcats in the weekday doubleheader.

Game One:

After four innings of action Sunday, the final game of the NWC series was moved to Tuesday when rain forced both teams to call it a day.

Before the game was called, the Bearcats were the first to get on the board after opening up the game with two runs in the first.

The Bruins responded in the bottom half with five runs of their own to regain the lead, 5-2. Matt Voelzke helped kick start the inning with a single up the middle. Kyle Esquerra singled through the right side, and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch.  Andrew Reichenbach drew a walk, and Sam Swenson drilled a ball to deep center field for a double clearing the bases. Brandon Wileman drove in another run with a two out double and the Bruins kept the rally alive. Houston Thom singled through the left side scoring Wileman for the final run of the inning.

Voelzke continued the scoring into the second inning with a solo home run to left field.

Willamette did well to get two runs in the fourth, but George Fox answered with a run of its own.

When action resumed, the Bearcats were quick to reap the benefits from the rain delay, scoring three runs in the fifth inning to tie the game up at 7-7. Willamette regained its lead in the top of the sixth with two more runs to push the score to 9-7, but the Bruins rallied in the bottom half of the sixth.

Reichenbach helped the Bruins get the ball rolling with a walk, and Sam Swenson reached on a fielder's choice that advanced Reichenbach to third after a throwing error. Connor Newell singled to the left side scoring Reichenbach, and Thom helped the Bruins tie the game with a groundout.

The seventh inning was quite for both teams, and the Bruins opened up the scoring in the eighth with a Reichenbach home run to centerfield to give the Bruins a 10-9 advantage.

The Bearcats answered in the top of the ninth with a two run home run by Troy Conway to take the game 11-10.

Game Two:
Willamette kept its momentum in the second game with a solo home run to open up the scoring. Connor Carter settled in after the early home run and was near perfect for the next four innings. Carter blanked the Bearcats, allowing just one hit in his final 4.1 innings pitched.

The Bruins backed up their starter with a single run in the third and two more in the fifth. With the game at 3-1, the combination of Carter, AJ Atherton and Ryan Johnson on the mound kept the Bearcats on their toes. The trio allowed just five hits in the second game with four strikeouts.

George Fox closed out the second game with a 4-1 victory.

Top Performers:
Game One:

Voelzke went 3-5 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI. Sam Swenson, Newell Wileman and Thom all recorded two hits apiece.

Game Two:
Jalen Drath was superb for the Bruins in the second game, going 3-5 at the plate with three RBIs. Carter earned his first collegiate win for the Bruins with 5.1 innings pitched and two strikeouts.

What It Means:
The Bruins improve to 10-14 on the season and 8-10 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will host Whittier in a non-conference three game series with a lone game Friday, March 31, at 3p.m.