Apr 08, 2017

Muenster Leads Bruins to a Split 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 D3Baseball.com 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

TACOMA, Wash. --- The George Fox baseball team made the trek up to Washington Saturday for a conference double-header against Pacific Lutheran, losing the first and winning the second, 5-2 and 14-7, respectively.

Game One:
The Lutes struck first after three scoreless innings with a run in the bottom of the fourth.  

The Bruins came right back with a run of their own in the top of the fifth. A double from Zachery Muenster to left field and a single from Matt Voelzke led to the equalizing run. The score was set at 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.

Two runs from Pacific Lutheran widened the gap, 3-1.

The Bruins had their shot to tie or win the game in the top of the eighth as a single from Connor Newell brought Derek Johnson home, cutting the Lutes' lead to just one.

It wasn't enough, however, as two runs by the home team in the bottom of the eight put the Bruins away.

Game Two:
The Bruins were back for revenge in game two as they came out of the gate smoking hot.

Muenster hit a homerun in the top of the first to begin the game and give the Bruins an early lead, 1-0.

George Fox didn't stop there. A five run inning in the top of the second contributed to what turned out to be a scoring frenzy throughout the game.

Hits from Dillon Blankenship and Matthew Ramirez put the Bruins in place to score, and a strike down the left field line by Jalen Drath sent the runners home for the RBI double. Muenster came right back with two RBIs on a single up the middle to send home Drath and Zach Rhoads. Muenster then had an unearned run on a throwing error by the Lutes. After the inning, the Bruins led 6-0.

The visiting Bruins kept their foot on the gas pedal, managing to score another three in the top of the fourth.

Muenster kept up his stellar performance with a double to left field. A single from Sam Swenson sent him home for the RBI. Brandon Wileman hit a huge triple to right center and then scored on a throwing error while also sending Swenson home. The Bruins led the Lutes 9-0.

Three runs from the home team in the top of the fourth set the score at 9-6.

The Bruins just couldn't stop scoring with another five run inning in the top of the fifth. Drath hit another RBI double to send home Blankenship. A wild pitch by the Lutes gave Rhoads an opportunity to reach home. Muenster was unstoppable again, hitting a homerun for the two RBIs, sending home Drath. A single by Swenson set up Wileman for an RBI double to finish the scoring in the top of the fifth.

Pacific Lutheran scored four in the bottom of the fifth to set the score at 14-7. The home team was unable to narrow the deficit as the score held through the remainder of the game.

Top Performers:
Game One:
Voelzke led the Bruins in game one with an RBI, going two for five at the plate. Newell chipped in a RBI as well to complete the scoring effort.

Game Two:
Muenster was on fire today, going five for six at the plate for four runs and five RBIs. Drath had three RBIs, Wileman had two and Swenson had one. George Fox had 18 hits to the Lutes' seven as a number of Bruins contributed at the plate.

What It Means:
The Bruins are now 13-16 on the season and move to 9-11 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins take on the Lutes in the final two games of the four-game series Sunday with game one set for 12:00pm and game two set for 3:00pm.