Apr 14, 2017

Bruins Take Two Over Loggers

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox baseball team hosted Puget Sound Friday for a conference double header, winning game one 13-2 and game two 3-2.

Game One:
The Loggers jumped out to an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. 

The home team struck back with a run of their own in the bottom of the third inning. AJ Valencia was hit by the pitcher, advancing to first. After advancing to second, Valencia managed to run to third on a wild pitch. Matt Voelzke hit a fly ball to center field for the RBI, allowing Valencia to reach home and tie the score.

Puget Sound regained the lead with a run in the top of the fourth.

The Bruins came back in a big way with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Valencia got it going with a single up the middle, followed by a double Zachery Muenster. A double to right field from Sam Swenson sent home Valencia and Muenster for the two RBI. On the next at-bat, Andrew Reichenbach hit a huge homerun to right field for the two RBI, sending Swenson home. A single from Kyle Esquerra sent Brandon Wileman home for the fifth run of the huge inning for the Bruins.

Leading 6-2, the Bruins kept their foot on the gas pedal with a massive seven-run inning. With the bases stacked, Connor Newell hit a single to left field for the two RBI as Swenson and Reichenbach reached home plate. Matthew Ramirez walked to send home Wileman. A double to center field from Valencia secured the two RBI, sending home Newell and Esquerra. Ramirez scored on the next at-bat after a sac fly from Muenster. And finally, Voelzke hit a double to left center to set up Houston Thom for the RBI single. The Bruins led 13-2 which held for the remainder of the game.

Dustin Wells shut the door with a complete game, as he earned his fourth win of the season.

Game Two:
As in game one, the Loggers jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first inning.

The Bruins came right back in the bottom of the third with a run of their own. Reichenbach hit a sac fly to bring home Gavin Speegle for the RBI. The scoring effort tied the game at one.

George Fox kept the scoring coming in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run inning that gave the Bruins the lead. A single by Ramirez to center field advanced Voelzke and set up Valencia for two RBI. He hit a single up the middle to send home Ramirez and Voelzke, furthering the Bruin lead.

A run by the Loggers in the top of the sixth wasn't enough to cut the deficit as the Bruins won their second game of the day.

The Bruins' pitching staff was solid on the day as the group effort consisted of Liam Kent, Alex Jondal and Voelzke. Kent earned the win and went five innings with three strikeouts. Voelzke recorded his fourth save with a stellar performance in the ninth.

Top Performers:
Game One:
The Bruins had four players with two RBI and another five with one apiece. Muenster went a stellar three for four at the plate and Wileman and Valencia each went two for three. Wells went all nine innings, allowing just two runs with five strikeouts.

Game Two:
Valencia led the team with two RBI on only one at-bat. Reichenbach pitched in an RBI of his own to round out the effort. Kent is now 3-1 on the season. Voezke pitched the two closing innings for the Bruins, while recording four strikeouts.

What It Means:
The Bruins are now 16-17 on the season and 11-12 in the NWC. A win tomorrow will keep their hopes alive about grabbing the fourth seed in the NWC Tournament.

What's Next:
George Fox will host Puget Sound for the final game of the three-game series Sunday at 12:00pm. The Bruins will honor their seven seniors before the game.