Mar 18, 2018

Bruins Drop Series to Blues

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)
 

NEWBERG --- The No. 24-ranked George Fox baseball team couldn't capitalize against the visiting Blues of Whitman College Sunday, as the Bruins dropped the final game of the series, 5-4.

Recap:

Alex Jondal received the start for the Bruins in the rubber match and was cruising in the first four innings of play.

Jondal was able to get some run support from his teammates in the bottom of the fourth, as Kyle Esquerra kicked off the inning with a single to right field. Austin Baek laid down a beautiful bunt to reach first and advance Esquerra to second. Dillon Blankenship hit a screamer down the left field line to bring home both Esquerra and Baek, and the Bruins found themselves up 2-0.  Marc Audet was able to bring home Blankenship on a sac fly as the Bruins closed out the inning with a 3-0 lead.

The Blues wasted no time responding, as the away team put up four runs in the top of the fifth.

Sam Swenson looked to get to the Bruins back on track in the bottom of the seventh. The sophomore hit a home run to left field to tie the game up at 4-4.

A late double to left center in the top of the ninth gave the Blues the go-ahead run to steal the series from the Bruins.

Top Performers:

Although Jondal was hit with the loss, the senior pitched 8.1 innings with five strikeouts. Blankenship went 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Kyler Brudwick and Austin Bake both recorded a multi-hit game.

What It Means:

With the loss, the Bruins drop to 14-9 on the season and 8-7 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

George Fox will look to get back on track with a series matchup against Willamette on the road March 24-25.