HILLSBORO, Ore. --- With spring season well underway and the Northwest Conference championships weeks away, we took a look at what teams are garnering national attention in the latest polls. Looking at Baseball, over the past few weeks, George Fox, Pacific Lutheran, and Linfield have received national attention both in the NCAA D3 national rankings and Collegiate Baseball rankings, each receiving votes.
*As of April 3, 2018
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George Fox - Receiving Votes
- At 18-15 overall and having gone 14-3 to start the season, the Bruins broke into the D3 National polls. The team however, then went from receiving votes to dropping out of the national spotlight, but they still continue to rank top 10 in several national categories: double plays (5th), doubles (5th), hits (8th). George Fox also leads the conference in batting average and all double play categories.
Pacific Lutheran and INF Junior Jacob Bockelie
- Pacific Lutheran, who was receiving votes in the national polls a few weeks ago, the Lutes have seemed to have caught fire to move into top spot in conference. PLU, who was on a 11 game winning streak, has won 13 of their last 16 games and they now look to clinch the NWC conference title this weekend at George Fox.
- INF junior from Shoreline, Wash., Jacob Bockelie, is also having an exceptional season. Bockelie’s name is written all over the conference statistics, ranking top-10 nationally in two categories: 10th in base on balls per game and 4th in runs batted in. Bockelie has also been named the NWC player of the week two consecutive weeks in a row.
- The only NWC team receiving votes in national spotlight, specifically in the NCAA d3 collegiate baseball rankings. Linfield is has won four of their last five games, and convincingly, including a 10-2 win at Pacific last weekend and an 18-4 win at La Verne.