Mar 31, 2017

Bruins Rally Late To Take Game One Over Poets

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. --- The George Fox baseball team took a break in action from the Northwest Conference schedule to host the Whittier Poets in a single game Friday, as the Bruins beat the Poets on an eighth inning rally, 5-3.

Alex Jondal got the nod for the Bruins in the first game of the non-conference series, and did well to keep the Bruins within striking distance.

Poets' starter Dante Mancia was just as good on the bump, as both teams took a while to get the bats going.

The Poets were the first to strike as they captured a run in the third and fourth inning to take an early 2-0 lead.

The Bruins were quick to answer in the bottom of the fifth after Connor Newell got things going with a single to right field. After a ground out that advanced Newell, a pop up put two outs on the scoreboard. Muenster was able to secure a two out single to right center field, giving the Bruins their first run of the game.

The Poets kept their distance, though, as they managed to grab another run in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead.

Mancia headed to the dugout in the bottom of the eighth, and the game was handed over to Poets' right-hander Tim Turpen. Matt Voelzke hit a one out single to right center, and Andrew Reichenbach followed with a single to left field. Sam Swenson hit a deep fly out to right field for the second out, but Voelzke was able to tag and advance to third. Kyle Esquerra kept things interesting with a walk, and suddenly the Bruins found themselves with bases loaded. Brandon Wileman was up to the task, as the senior hit a two out double down the right field line to tie the score up at 3-3. Turpen was taken out of the game and Jack Silva took to the mound. Newell was the hero of the game, hitting a single to center field to score what would be the game winning run.

Voelzke came in to close the game out for the Bruins, and the freshman was able to get out of the inning with two strikeouts.

Top Performers:
Newell went 3-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Wileman also recorded two RBIs, going 2-4 at the plate with one run scored. Voelzke recorded his second save of the season, and managed to go 2-3 at the plate with a walk. David Howell came in for the Bruins before they took the lead, and improve to 3-0 on the season.

What It Means:
The Bruins are now 11-14 on the season.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will conclude the series Saturday, April 1, with a doubleheader against the Poets. First pitch is set for noon.