Mar 03, 2019

Big Bats Carry The Bruins To Sweep

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: Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- The Bruins completed a series sweep on Sunday, March 3, against the Loggers from the University of Puget Sound. An early lead turned into an offensive shootout in the final innings, but the Bruins hung on for the 10-6 win.


The Bruins used a staff day from their pitching staff to earn the win. Chase Fetzer got the start and went two innings before being replaced. Corey Caldwell, Nate Leid, and Liam Kent worked two and two thirds before giving way for Isaac Olson in the fifth. Olson worked three and a third innings to pick up his second win of the season, and Matt Voelzke closed the game with an inning of work in the ninth.

The Bruins scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first after pairing a Derek Johnson double with a Kyler Brudwick single and an RBI rundown started by Jerrod Seamons.

The Bruins scored again in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Johnson singled and stole second before scoring on a single from Brudwick. Brudwick followed the same script, stealing second himself before scoring on a single to center from Matt Ramirez for the 3-0 lead.

The Loggers scored twice in the top of the fourth to pull within one and then tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but Voelzke scored in the bottom of the frame to give the Bruins a 4-3 lead. Voelzke and Jason Garcia each added solo shots over the wall in left field in the sixth to give the Bruins a 6-3 cushion.

After wearing a pitch and making his way to third base in the seventh, Brudwick was able to score on a sacrifice fly from Seamons to make the score 7-3.

The Bruins took advantage of a pair of Logger errors to plate Voelzke and Garcia for a 9-3 lead and followed that with a double form Seamons to drive in Brudwick for a 10-3 advantage. The Bruins gave three runs back in the top of the ninth on a bases-clearing double but held strong afterward to shut the door on a comeback bid.

Top Performers

Olson struck out four batters in less than four innings of work to earn the win as the Bruins' most effective pitcher in the staff game. Voelzke went two for four with a homer, a walk, three runs scored, and one RBI in the Bruins' win.

What It Means

The Bruins move above .500 overall at 7-6 on the season and improve to 4-2 in NWC competitions this season.

What Comes Next

George Fox will hit the road next weekend to face Lewis & Clark in Portland for a three-game series on Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10.