Mar 24, 2018

Bruins Can't Tame Bearcats

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)

SALEM --- The George Fox baseball team couldn't quite put together the breaks they needed Saturday, as they dropped game one of the Northwest Conference series against the Bearcats of Willamette. Game two was postponed due to rain.


Game One:

Jarred Seamons helped get the Bruins off to a strong start with a leadoff single through the left side. AJ Valencia laid down a well-placed sac bunt to advance Seamons to second. Sam Swenson moved Seamons to third after a single to right field and a passed ball would score Seamons during the next at-bat. The Bruins ended the first inning with a 1-0 lead.

Willamette answered back in the bottom half of the inning, tacking on two runs on three hits and scoring one run on an error. The Bearcats finished the first inning with a 2-1 lead.

The scoring continued for the Bruins in the top of the second after sophomore Matt Voelzke hit his second home run of the season.

The Bearcats pushed one run across in the bottom of the third and added three more runs in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.

Bruins' Alex Jondal did his best to tame the Bearcats and kept them scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings.

George Fox found a spark in the top of seventh, as Dillon Blankenship home run gave the Bruins some life. A fielding error would lead to CJ Ibara crossing home plate after he pinch ran for Kyle Esquerra, who got on by way of a full-count walk.

The Bearcats were quick to shut down any type of momentum, as the home team scored another two runs in the seventh to take an 8-4 lead.

Game Two:

The Bruins responded well in the second game, recording four runs in the second inning. The Bearcats were able to help the Bruins get on base with two fielding errors to put Seamons and Bryan Branstatter at first and second. With two outs on the board, Voelzke loaded the bases with a walk, and Jantzen Tamanaha hit a double to left field to clear the bases and put the Bruins up 3-0. A double to right center scored Voelzke and the Bruins ended the inning with a 4-0 lead.

The game was called in the fourth due to rain and the Bruins hold a 4-1 lead after four innings of action.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Seamons was the lone Bruin to record a multi-hit game, going 2-4 at the plate. Jondal recorded five strikeouts in his six innings of work.

What It Means:

The Bruins now sit at 14-10 and 8-8 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will resume game two Sunday, March 25 at 11 am. The final game will be played after game two is completed.