Mar 03, 2018

Bruins Take Two Over Boxers

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)

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Behind Cameron Jack's strong game one outing and a clutch RBI from Mark Audet in game two, the George Fox baseball team took Saturday's doubleheader over Pacific University.


Game One:

The Bruins and Boxers each left runners stranded in the first, but the Bruins were able to cash in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second. With two outs, Houston Thom drew a walk, followed by a base hit from Austin Baek. Jantzen Tamanaha worked the count and forced another base on balls, leading the way for Jerred Seamons to single to right center and bring home two to give the Bruin an early 2-0 lead.

Dustin Meyer led off the top of the third with a solo homer for the Boxers to cut into the Bruin lead, but Jack was able to minimize the damage and get out of the inning giving up just one run.

After back to back singles by Kyler Brudwick and Dillon Blankenship to begin the bottom half of the third, Matt Voelzke singled to right, scoring Brudwick and giving the Bruins a 3-1 advantage.

The Boxers picked up another run in the top of the fourth to get within one, but the Bruins were back at it in the fifth and sixth. AJ Valencia's bases-loaded walk in the home half of the fifth scored Seamons and Turner Glenn's single in the seventh brought home Brudwick.

The Bruins took a 5-2 lead into the seventh.

Jack's day was done after seven and third innings. The righty gave up four hits and struck out six on his way to picking up his third win in as many decisions.

Baek's RBI in the eighth added one more, and the Bruins rode Voelzke late to pick up the 6-2 win in game one.


Game Two:

The Boxers were aggressive early on in game two, picking up a run in the top of the first. They kept the Bruin bats at bay before Brudwick's RBI double in the fourth tied things up 1-1.

Glenn drove in his first run of the game and his second of the day with two outs in the fifth to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. The Boxers responded in the sixth, scoring a runner for third on a groundout to Voelke at shortstop.

It was the Bruins' turn again the seventh, regaining the lead when Baek's single to short scored Derek Johnson. Pacific kept the back and forth flow going, this time taking the lead in the eighth. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Voelzke's sacrifice fly was deep enough to score Sam Swenson and the Bruins squared things up again at 4-4.

Both teams stranded runners in the ninth, forcing extras. In the top of the tenth, Voelzke picked off the only baserunner the Boxers were able to muster, giving the Bruins an opening to win in the bottom half of the inning.

Brudwick's leadoff double proved to be the difference maker as he advanced to third on a fielding error. After the Boxers intentionally walked Johnson and Voelzke to set up the force out at home, Marc Audet stepped to the plate and drove a ball high and deep to center, enough to score Brudwick and secure the walk-off 5-4 win.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Seamons was one of five Bruins to drive in a run, going 3 for 6 with two RBIs. Brudwick had a game of his own, going 3 for 5 with two runs scored. The win moved Jack's record to 3-0 on the season, and Voelzke's strong relief work gave him his fourth save.

Game Two:

Brudwick's big double in the tenth was one his two hits in game two and set up Audet with the opportunity to drive in the game-winning run. Glenn turned in a solid 2 for 3 performance that included an RBI, and Voelzke returned and picked up his second win on the mound.

What It Means:

Saturday's two victories moved the Bruins' record to 13-3 and 7-1 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins and Boxers will return to Morse Field for the game three tomorrow with this first pitch set for 12 p.m.