by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
NEWBERG, Ore. – The George Fox Bruins eked out an 11-9 victory over the Whitworth Pirates Friday afternoon in a game which featured a pair of eight-run innings.
The Bruins move to 4-1 on the year, while the Pirates fall to 2-3. Though the game was played between Northwest Conference teams, it counts as a non-conference contest.
George Fox took an early lead with two runs in the first two innings. In the first, Jerrod Seamons scored on an error, and Matt Voelzke singled home Dillon Blankenship in the second.
The Pirates first run came in the fifth inning. Cael McKeirnan was hit by a pitch and stole second base to put himself into scoring position. Then, JT Phelan punched an inside fastball into right field, cutting the deficit to 2-1.
Later in the inning, Whitworth looked to be in position to grab the lead with the bases loaded and one out, but Taylor Poffenroth grounded into a double play to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fifth, the George Fox lineup provide just enough cushion to pick up a win. The Bruins piled on eight runs with AJ Valencia, Sam Swenson, Kyle Esquerra, Jantzen Tamanaha and Austin Baek all picking up RBIs.
The Bucs nearly pulled off an astounding victory by scoring eight runs of their own in the top of the eighth inning, but a bases-loaded flyout left Whitworth down 10-9. Five Pirates drove in runs in the big inning: Joel Condreay, Tyler Bailey, Mathew Pulliam, Jarred Yara, and Brett Thomas.
Jack Cameron earned the win for George Fox, tossing seven innings and allowing just one run. Voelzke picked up the save for the Bruins.
Pulliam, Condreay, and Bailey all finished with a pair of RBIs for Whitworth.
Next up, the Pirates remain in the Portland area for three more games against NWC opponents. Tomorrow, Whitworth takes on Pacific (Ore.) at 2:00 p.m. and battles Pacific Lutheran at 5:00 p.m.