Mar 17, 2015

Three Bruins Garner NWC Student-Athlete Award

A Winning Tradition

  • 10 NCAA D-III National Championship Tournaments (2010-8th; 2011-12th; 2012-7th; 2013-4th; 2014-9th; 2015-6th; 2016-T-3rd; 2017-2nd; 2018-3rd; 2019-T-7th)
  • 10 Northwest Conference Champions (2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019)
  • 10 Top 25 National Rankings (2010-7th; 2011-7th; 2012-7th; 2013-5th; 2014-10th; 2015-2nd; 2016-2nd; 2017-1st; 2018-1st; 2019-2nd)
  • 11 straight winning seasons (2009-18)
  • 75 tournament wins in program's 12 seasons
  • 18 All-Americans, 24 All-West Region players, 42 All-Conference players
  • Two PING National Player of the Year (Kelsey Morrison, 2013; Sydney Maluenda, 2015)
  • One WGCA National Freshman of the Year (Sydney Maluenda, 2014)
  • Eight NWC Players of the Year
  • Four West Region Coach of the Year awards (2009-10, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2018-19)
  • Six NWC Coach of the Year awards (2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17, 2018-19)
  • Eight WGCA All-American Scholars, Three Academic All-District student-athletes
  • Eight Academic All-Americans 

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Zach Rapacz, Annie Veatch and Sydney Maluenda were all honored as Northwest Conference Student-Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.

Due to some unfortunate weather, the baseball team pushed back Saturday's double-header to Sunday. Since the weather continued to be bad into the weekend, the Bruins played just a single game against the Missionaries of Whitman College. After trailing 5-0 going into the ninth, Rapacz walked up to the plate with bases loaded and one out on the scoreboard. After working a 2-2 count, Rapacz sent a screamer over centerfield fence to cap off a six-run 9-inning rally with a walk-off grand slam. His performance lifted the Bruins over the Missionaries with a 6-5 victory. Early in the week, Rapacz played a non-counting conference game against Lewis & Clark, where the Bruins won 9-6. For the week, Rapacz hit .571 (4-7) with a double, a homerun, four RBIs, three runs scored, .667 on base percentage and 1.143 slugging percentage. George Fox won the series 2-1 over Whitman.

Softball also had the same problem as baseball with weather, but were able to hit through it with Veatch leading the way. Annie hit .667 with six hits in nine plate appearances. She recorded seven RBIs and five runs scored in the four game series against Lewis & Clark. She managed three doubles, a home run and five walks. She recorded an on base percentage of .786 and 1.333 slugging percentage. The Bruins went 3-1 against the Pioneers on the weekend.

Maluenda led the 5th-ranked women's golf team to victory this weekend, as the Bruins hosted the Westbrook Invitational at Westbrook Village Lakes golf course in Peoria, Ariz. In a field of seven teams, six of them were ranked in the Gofstat Top 25. She signed a 67-69=136 on the par 71 course to win the tournament by two strokes. She marked her name on the All-Tournament Team with six other players. Her efforts helped the Bruins post a new two day scoring record with a 289-295=584. The Bruins finished ahead of No. 10 Redlands, No. 3 Washington University – St. Louis and No. 1 Texas – Tyler, who all finished on the podium.

To see the full list of NWC Student-Athletes click here.