Apr 20, 2019

Bruins Knock Off No. 9 Chapman In Extras To Win Series

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

NEWBERG --- The George Fox baseball team finished off its series against No. 9 Chapman in walkoff fashion on Saturday, April 20. After winning a rain-delayed game two to start the day, the Bruins ground their way to an extra-innings win over the Panthers to take the series, 2-1, with a 2-1 walkoff win in the second game of the day.


Game Two:

Landon Schirer got the ball to start game two of the series and worked six innings, scattering four hits through a shutout bid with two walks and three strikeouts rounding out his line. Isaac Olson came on to pitch the last three innings and preserved the clean sheet for George Fox to earn his first save of the year.

The Bruins built an early 6-0 lead in game two of the series. After a leadoff single from Matt Voelzke and a walk by Kyler Brudwick in the first frame, Jerrod Seamons cashed in both with a three-run shot over the wall in left field for a quick 3-0 lead. A double from Sam Swenson and a pair of walks by Jantzen Tamanaha and Colby Watilo turned into two more runs in the bottom of the first after a two-RBI single by Jason Garcia made it 5-0 after one inning.

The Bruins continued to hold the Panthers scoreless and tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth before play was suspended by the officials. Voelzke drew a leadoff walk, Ramirez followed with a walk of his own, and Brudwick doubled to right field to plate Voelzke. CJ Ibara followed with another walk to load the bases before the umpires suspended play with one out and the bases loaded for Swenson in the sixth on April 19. Swenson completed his at-bat the next day by pushing a runner in with a fielder's choice to third base for a 7-0 lead.

With Olson and the Bruin defense continuing to blank the Panthers, George Fox capped the halted game with a three-spot in the eighth. Seamons led off the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single from CJ Ibara, while Ibara would come in to score moments later after singles from Swenson and Tamanaha. A pinch-hit RBI single from Jacob Deal capped the game by driving in Swenson for the 10-0 lead which would hold as the final score.

Game Three:

Chase Fetzer got the start in a planned staff game that would end up lasting 13 innings. Liam Kent followed a pair of clean Fetzer innings with a shutout frame of his own before ceding the hill to Nate Leid for three scoreless innings. Leid gave way to Corey Caldwell for all but the final out of the scheduled nine frames, and Voelzke finished the day with four and a third innings of two-hit, one-run baseball on the mound.

Both team's pitching staffs put their best effort in for 10 innings as neither side could get any offense going. The Bruins would strand five runners through the game, while the Panthers left nine men on base. The Bruins' defense played a large part in that effort, turning a pair of double plays to preserve a 0-0 tie through the duration of the scheduled nine innings.

After playing to a draw through nine, the Panthers finally found a way to score in the 11th with an RBI double to left field. The Bruins answered in the bottom half to keep the game alive by pairing singles from Garcia and Voelzke with another from Seamons to push Garcia in for the tying run.

Voelzke kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the next two frames with three ground-outs, a pop-out that he fielded himself, and a pair of strikeouts. With two out in the bottom of the 13th, Voelzke singled sharply to the hole at shortstop and got a free base via a wild throw before scoring on a flare single into shallow center for the win by Tamanaha in the bottom of the 13th.

Top Performers

Game Two:

Seamons was two for four with a three-run shot and two runs scored, while Swenson was also two for four with a pair of runs scored and an RBI on his line. Schirer's first six innings were excellent on the hill before the game was halted for rain.

Game Three:

Voelzke hit .333 with the winning run and the win on the mound for George Fox, while Tamanaha's flare single into center provided the walkoff magic in the 13th frame.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 22-15 with the pair of wins against No. 9 Chapman after playing 31 total innings in two days.

What Happens Next

The Bruins await the final results from series around the conference to determine whether they will play postseason baseball in the NWC Tournament. George Fox will play a final series against Willamette on May 3 & 5 regardless of tournament qualifications as the Bruins celebrate their seniors on May 5.