Apr 06, 2019

Bruins Win Game One In Extras, Will Resume Game Two On Apr. 7

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)

By Seth Preuss

FOREST GROVE --- The George Fox baseball team traveled to face Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday, April 6, to kick off a three-game Northwest Conference series. The Bruins needed extra innings to clinch game one but still came away with a 6-5 win in game two and established a 5-4 lead in a rain-delayed game two.


Game One

Christopher Stone got the start for the Bruins and lasted six innings in a no-decision start, allowing four runs on 11 hits with a pair of walks issued. Liam Kent and Isaac Olson worked one scoreless inning apiece in relief and Matt Voelzke earned his first win of the season with two innings of work to close the game.

Pacific scored the first four runs of the ballgame with a single tally in the bottom of the first and three more in the bottom of the second for a quick 4-0 lead. The Bruins struggled to put together a response until the fifth frame, as their hitters finally broke through for three runs in response.

The Bruins plated their three fifth-inning runs with a pair of big hits and some good execution on the base paths as well. After a leadoff double from Jason Garcia, a two-run shot over the wall by Matt Ramirez made the score 4-2. The Bruins made it 4-3 moments later after Kyler Brudwick got on base with a single and scored on an RBI single to right field from Sam Swenson.

A scoreless sixth inning for both innings quickly gave way to the seventh, where the Bruins were able to take a 5-4 lead after a pair of runs in the frame. A CJ Ibara double and a walk from Swenson turned into a pair of runs after Colby Watilo singled safely up the middle to plate both runners.

After the Boxers evened the score with a run in the bottom of the ninth, the game went to extra innings. Voezlke and Ramirez wore back to back pitches and the Bruins loaded the bases with an intentional walk issued to Jerrod Seamons before an error by the Boxers allowed Voelzke to score unearned for what proved to be the winning run.

Game Two

Game two of the Apr. 6 doubleheader was called due to rain in the fifth frame and will resume tomorrow with the Bruins in front, 5-4.

Landon Schirer took the hill to start the game and worked four innings before the game was suspended, allowing four runs on five hits while retiring six Boxers via strikeout.

After a scoreless inning to start game two, George Fox broke the scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the second frame. Seamons started the inning by wearing a pitch and Swenson lifted a two-run shot out of the park for the early 2-0 lead, and the Bruins tacked on another in the third for an early 3-0 advantage with singles from Ramirez and Brudwick, as well as an RBI groundout by Seamons.

The Boxers plated a run in the bottom of the third in answer, but George Fox added two more in the top of the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Watilo drew a walk and Voelzke doubled down the right field line before a Derek Johnson single plated both runners for the 5-1 lead.

The Boxers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-4 score. The game will resume play in the top of the fifth the Bruins due up at the plate.

Top Performers

The two-RBI homer from Ramirez proved to be one of the biggest hits in the game for either side and the two-inning effort from Voelzke was enough to earn the senior reliever his first win of 2019.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 19-10 overall and are now 13-6 against NWC opponents in 2019.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will finish game two tomorrow before playing game three to complete the series at the Boxers' home field.