May 05, 2019

Bruins Split With Bearcats On Final Day Of 2019 Season

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 George Fox baseball team played host for Willamette on Sunday, May 5, for the Bruins' final doubleheader of 2019. The Bruins honored their eight seniors prior to game one and presented the inaugural Zach Hegelmeyer Teammate of the Year awards in between game one and two of the doubleheader.


Game One:

The Bruins gave the ball to Cameron Jack to start game one of the doubleheader and made a staff day of the game with appearances from seniors Liam Kent and Zach Stouder. Kent worked two innings and Stouder closed out the game with six highly effective innings, striking out 10 in his last appearance as a Bruin.

The Bearcats effectively won the game in the first inning with a 9-0 frame. The Bruins did their best to counterpunch in the bottom half with five runs, but it would not be enough to come back.

Matt Ramirez lifted a double into right, Kyler Brudwick singled hard at the mound to put two on for Jerred Seamons. Seamons plated both runners with an RBI double and scored himself on an RBI single from Derek Johnson. Sam Swenson cashed in Johnson with a two-run shot over the fence in left field to cut the Bearcats' lead to a 9-5 margin.

The Bearcats' defense held the Bruins off the board for the next five innings while tacking on single tallies in the second, third, and fourth frames for a 12-5 lead after six innings. A single from Marc Audet and a pinch-hit double by Emery Miller turned into a run after a sacrifice fly by Frank Leonard, but it would also mark the final run plated by George Fox in a 13-6 defeat.

Game Two:

The Bruins gave the ball to Landon Schirer for game two of the doubleheader and got seven high-quality innings from the lanky right-hander as he scattered two runs and four hits through his outing, as well as four strikeouts. Isaac Olson worked an inning of relief and Matt Voelzke closed the game with a scoreless ninth.

The Bruins surrendered an early 1-0 lead and trailed until the bottom of the third. A CJ Ibara single and a walk from Voelzke put two on for Ramirez. A throwing error allowed Ramirez to reach and plated Ibara, and a double to dead center from Chase Fetzer plated two more for a 3-1 lead. Seamons singled into right to plate Fetzer for the 4-1 lead a moment later to cap the inning.

The Bearcats got one run back in the fifth, but the Bruins plated two in response in the sixth frame. A single and a stolen base by Johnson turned into a run with a single up the middle from Colby Watilo, and a sacrifice fly from Ibara pushed in another for a 6-2 lead.

The Bruins added three more for good measure in the eighth. Johnson got on with a single to left and took second on a wild pitch before scoring with an RBI single from Swenson. Swenson took second on a wild pitch as well and moved to third with a single from Watilo. A two-RBI double by Voelzke plated both runners for the 9-2 lead.

Top Performers

Game One:

Stouder's ten strikeouts were the highlight of game one, including a two-inning stretch where the Bearcats could not put a runner on base. Swenson provided some scoring punch with a two-run shot.

Game Two:

Voelzke, Fetzer, Johnson, and Watilo each went two for four and combined to score five of the Bruins' runs, while also adding up to five of the Bruins' RBI for the day. Schirer kept the Bearcats at bay for seven innings and Olson paired with Voelzke for two shutout innings to close the door.

What It Means

The Bruins finish the season with a 23-17 overall record in 2019.

From left to right: Houston Thom, David and Michelle Hegelmeyer, Kyler Brudwick