George Fox sports round-up: Bruins off to an 8-1 start in league and up to No. 18 in one national ranking

FOREST GROVE -- The George Fox baseball team continued its hot start, sweeping Pacific over the weekend to jump out in front of the field in the Northwest Conference standings.

The Bruin led 3-2 after four innings on Saturday, then added singled runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings to help starter Cameron Jack earn the win. Jack allowed four hits and struck out six in seven-and-one-third innings.

George Fox racked up 12 hits in the opener Saturday, including three by third baseman Jerred Seamons; each team notched eight hits in a tightly contested nightcap.

Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday evening, Matt Voelzke drove home Sam Swenson with a sacrifice fly and neither team scored in the ninth to force extra innings.

Kyler Burwick led off the bottom of the 10th with a double and later scored on a Mark Audet sacrifice fly. Voelke picked up the win after throwing three innings of relief.

The Bruins jumped out to a 5-0 after three innings Sunday in the series finale, but had to survive a four-run rally by the Boxers (8-9, 4-5) in the seventh. GFU added three more runs in the bottom of the eight to make the job easier for reliever Zach Stouder, who pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save.

George Fox (14-3, 8-1 NWC) moved up to No. 18 in the polls and will travel to Whitworth Saturday and Sunday for a three-game set against the Pirates (7-7, 2-1).


George Fox 10, UW-Oshkosh 2 -- The Bruins got off on the right food Friday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, dispatching the Titans in five innings. A nine-run outburst in the third inning gave starter Madison Sorenson, who struck out 10, more than enough cushion.

George Fox 9, DePauw 5 -- In their second game Friday, the Bruins found themselves in a 5-5 deadlock after five innings, but Aaliayah Kautz drove home the winning run with a single in the sixth and got three insurance runs in the seventh.

George Fox 6, Messiah 1 -- The Bruins scored in each of the first five innings of their first game Saturday to stake a 7-5 lead and starter Abbie Bergerson picked up the win with a couple of clean frames in the sixth and seventh.

Christopher Newport 7, George Fox 5 -- The Bruins, who entered the weekend ranked No. 18, could not slow down the No. 11 Captains, who scored in each of the first five innings. George Fox got two in the bottom of the fifth on an Annie Veatch home run to make it 7-5, but were blanked in the final two innings.

George Fox 4, Illinois Wesleyan 3 -- The Bruins got back on track Sunday to tip the No. 5 Titans, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Illinois Wesleyan rallied for two in the sixth and one in the seventh, but Sorenson struck out the final two batters in seventh to preserve the lead and earn the save.

St. John Fisher 7, George Fox 1 -- The No. 2 Cardinals used a four-run outburst in the top of the fifth inning to pull away for a win in the final game of the tournament Sunday, amassing 14 hits. George Fox (11-3) will resume conference play Saturday and Sunday with a four-game home set against Linfield.

Women's lacrosse

George Fox 16, Puget Sound 2 -- The Bruins raced to an 11-2 halftime lead and coasted to the win to open the Northwest Conference season. Jess Hanson notched six goals and handed out six assists in the home win Saturday.

George Fox 19, Pacific 0 -- The Boxers have been the Bruins' biggest league rival the past few seasons, but were no match for GFU Sunday, managing just three shots. Four different players scored three or more goals for the Bruins (3-0, 2-0 NWC), led by Jennifer Burke, who had four.

Men's tennis

George Fox 9, Pacific Lutheran 0 -- The Bruins opened up conference play Saturday with an emphatic road win in Lakewood, Wash., winning all six singles matches in straight sets.

George Fox 9, Puget Sound 0 -- GFU (4-0, 2-0 NWC) added another whitewash Sunday in Tacoma, Wash., winning 72 of the 79 singles games played.

Women's tennis

George Fox 8, Pacific Lutheran 1 -- Sophia Lawrence dropped the first set of her No. 4 singles match 6-3, but rallied to win the next two 6-0, 6-1 Saturday in the home win.

Puget Sound 5, George Fox 4 -- The Bruins (3-3, 1-1 NWC) won two of three doubles matches, but the Loggers won the top four singles matches to take the win Sunday.

Track and Field

Linfield Icebreaker -- The Bruin men got wins from Vernon Lott in the 200, Christian Parr in the 800 and Seth Nonnenmacher in the javelin. Rachel Gibbs won the 800 and Annie Wright was first in the shot put for the GFU women Friday.

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