Bearcats Fall to George Fox, 4-0

NEWBERG, Ore. — Right-hander Jordan Purdy and southpaw Nick Hedgecock combined for George Fox University’s second straight shutout and All-America shortstop David Peterson led the offense with a 3-for-4 day as the Bruins completed a three-game Northwest Conference sweep of the Willamette University Bearcats 4-0 Monday afternoon here at Morse Field.

Purdy (5-0) worked the first 7 2/3 innings of the game which had been postponed by rain on Friday, scattering 7 hits while striking out 8 and walking only one. Hedgecock relieved him to get the final out with two runners on in the 8th, surrendered a leadoff single to Brian Gilmore in the 9th, and then got three straight outs for his 3rd save.

The Bruins scored once in each of the first two innings, then tacked on two more runs in the seventh while holding the Bearcats scoreless.
Matt Johnson was 3-4 for the Bearcats while Gilmore and Sean Anderson each had a pair of hits.

Adam Beebe took the loss for the Bearcats, allowing two runs in 2 2/3 innings.

When the Bruins put two on with two out in the 3rd on a Peterson single and a walk to Daniel Downs, Tye Sundlee relieved Bearcat starter Adam Beebe (1-3) and kept his team in the game, stopping the Bruins over the next 4 1/3 innings.

The only two runs the Bruins got off Sundlee were unearned in the 7th when Peterson singled home Drew Johnson, who had reached on an error and stolen second, and Peterson came in on Jones’ double to deep right.

George Fox is now 17-6 overall, with seven straight wins, and 10-2 in the conference, moving into a virtual tie for the top with Pacific Lutheran University, which is 9-1. Willamette is 11-11 overall and 7-6 in the league. Both teams are in conference action again Saturday, the Bruins going to Lewis & Clark College and the Bearcats hosting Linfield College in twinbills at 12:00 noon.

George Fox 4, Willamette 0 (03/28/05 at Newberg, Ore.)
Willamette.......... 000 000 000 - 0 8 2 (11-11, 7-6 NWC)
George Fox.......... 110 000 20X - 4 10 1 (17-6, 10-2 NWC)
Pitchers: Willamette - Beebe; Sundlee(3); Jensen(8). George Fox - Purdy, J; Hedgecock, N(8).
Win-Purdy, J(5-0) Save-Hedgecock, N(3) Loss-Beebe(1-3) T-2:20 A-50
Game: GFB03280