Bearcats Blasted By George Fox 20-3; Second Game Suspended Due to Darkness

SALEM, OR - C.J. Braniff went 7-7 with six RBI to lead the George Fox Bruins to a 20-3 romp over the Willamette University baseball team Sunday afternoon at Spec Keene Stadium.

The second game was suspended in the top of the ninth with the Bruins leading 7-0 and will be completed Monday at 2 p.m. The third game of the series will be played following the completion of Sunday's second game.

The Bruins (13-6, 7-3 NWC) feature seven of the top ten hitters in the NWC and they showed it in game one of Sunday's double-header, pounding out 23 hits and batting around in three straight innings. The Bruins scored ten runs in the second inning and four each in the third and fourth innings to cruise to the win.

Along with Braniff's perfect day at the plate, the Bruins' Drew Johnson was 3-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI, and pitcher/designated hitter Derrick Jones was 2-3 with four RBI and a run scored. Leadoff hitter Bryan Donohue was 2-2 with four runs scored and two RBI

Both teams scored single runs in the first inning, mostly due to walks. Daniel Downs walked with the bases loaded to put the Bruins on top 1-0. But the Bearcats (13-8, 8-5 NWC) came right back in the bottom of the inning when Kevin Stalker's ground-out knocked in Sean Anderson to tie the game.

The Bearcats managed six hits in the game, two by Matt Johnson. Johnson had one of the Bearcat RBI and Stalker had the other two.

But the Bruins had too much firepower, knocking out starter Clint Moran in the second inning. Moran took the loss for the Bearcats, evening his record at 2-2. He gave up 11 runs, six of them earned in 1.2 innings of work.

Jones (3-0) went six innings, allowing three hits, walking five and giving up two earned runs. Matt Wycoff pitched three innings and allowed one run for the Bruins in relief.