Mar 31, 2018

Bruins Can't Hold On Against Poets

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

WHITTIER --- The George Fox baseball team wrapped up its California road trip with a doubleheader against Whittier Saturday, dropping both games to the Poets.


Game Two:

The Bruins were on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Sam Swenson's single to left brought home Jerred Seamons.

Despite grounding into a double play in the top of the third, Swenson was able to bring home AJ Valencia to add to the Bruin lead. With two outs in the inning, Dillon Blankenship tacked on one more with his RBI double to deep right center.

The Bruins led 3-0 after three innings of play.

The bat of Swenson generated another Bruin run in the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0, but Whittier remained poised at the plate. The hometown Poets exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to overtake the Bruins, 7-4.

Matt Voelzke got the Bruins going in the top of the eighth with a leadoff single and would later score on a single to left by Seamons. Kyler Brudwick followed Seamons with a clutch double down the left field line to drive in Turner Glenn and cut the Poet lead to 7-6.

After blanking the Poets in the bottom of the eighth, the Bruins looked to rally in the ninth for the second consecutive game. Blankenship's leadoff single put the tying run on base for the Bruins, but despite inserting the speedy Tristan Guillen as a pinch runner and advancing him to second base the visiting bats could not bring Guillen home.

The big sixth inning proved to be enough to propel the Poets to the 7-6 win in game two.

Game Three:

Back to back two-out singles by Brudwick and Swenson provided Austin Baek the opportunity to drive in the game's first run. The freshman catcher found a pitch he liked and drove it back up the middle, scoring Brudwick to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Kyle Esquerra followed Baek with an RBI single of his own to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead after the top half of the first inning.

Unlike the previous two matchups, the bats of Whittier were alive early. The Poets responded with four runs on three hits to grab a 4-2 lead after one full inning of play.

The Bruins stuck to their approach at the plate and picked up two runs in both the third and fourth innings while keeping the Poets' offense quiet. Esquerra and Marc Audet each picked up an RBI in the third inning to tie the game at 4-4. In the fourth, back to back doubles by Brudwick and Swenson helped reclaim the lead for the Bruins 6-4.

Despite taking their lead into the sixth inning the Bruins couldn't keep the Poets off the board. Whittier was able to pick up two runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to build a 9-6 lead that it would not relinquish.

A two-out double by Baek in the top of the ninth proved to be too little too late as the Poets took game three to sweep Saturday's doubleheader.

Top Performers:

Game Two:

Brudwick and Seamons each turned in three-hit performances, while Brudwick and Swenson each drove in two runs for the Bruins. Seamons was efficient on the base paths, scoring a team-high two runs.

Game Three:

The trio of Brudwick, Seamons and Swenson were responsible for scoring all six runs. Esquerra and Brudwick each tallied two RBIs to lead the offensive effort for the Bruins in the final game of the series.

What It Means:

The Bruins wrapped up their California trip with a record of 1-3 and now sit at 16-14 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will return home to host Occident College on Thursday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.