Bruins continue to roll on the diamond
After a three-game sweep of Puget Sound on March 2-3, the George Fox baseball team extended its win streak to six with a three-game sweep of Lewis & Clark over the weekend.
The Bruins (10-6, 7-2 Northwest Conference) won 15-4, 18-9 and 9-1 over the Pioneers, showcasing their offensive firepower and catapulting themselves into a tie for first place in the conference.
The first game was a story of undeterred dominance from the lineup. The lion's share of the 15 runs came from the trio of junior shortstop Matt Voelzke, senior outfielder Derek Johnson and junior outfielder Jason Garcia, who were a combined 9 of 17 from the plate with 11 RBI.
In game two, Johnson and Voelzke's bats remained toasty as they combined for five RBI on 5 of 10 hitting.
The bench players, however, were the ones who cemented a solid lead for the Bruins, including sophomore shortstop Marc Audet, who picked up three RBI.
The biggest contributor in the second win of the weekend was junior designated hitter Matt Ramirez, who posted a dominant four-for-five performance at the plate with four total RBI.
Offense remained the theme for game three in an eight-run victory, but it was the GFU pitching staff that shined in holding Lewis & Clark to one run on six hits. Sophomore Chase Fetzer (1-0) picked up the win after hurling five innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Junior Isaac Olson allowed the lone run of the game in relief, but he struck out seven in three innings of work. Voelzke closed it out in the ninth as he has so many times in the past.
Next up for the Bruins is a three-game series at home against rival Linfield. Game one starts at noon Saturday with game two following. Game three is scheduled for noon Sunday.
After a sluggish start to the season, GFU softball has won four games in a row — all over Lewis & Clark last weekend.
The Bruins (4-5, 4-3 NWC) won 12-4, 10-1, 12-4 and 9-7 in the four-game home series, getting back on track after starting at 0-5.
A gauntlet of Tucson Invitational tournament games awaits the Bruins in Arizona this week.
On Wednesday, they are scheduled to play Mount Mary and Cornell. On Thursday, they face Case Western Reserve and St. Scholastica.
But that is only half of the tournament for GFU. The team plays Central (Iowa) and Edgewood on Saturday before rounding out the schedule with Wisconsin-La Crosse and Augsburg on Sunday.
After a week filled with games in the desert, GFU returns to Oregon next week to face Linfield in a four-game series in McMinnville March 23-24.