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Governor and mayor honor Bruins

Governor and Mayor hold up their new baseball shirts Students filled Bauman Auditorium on the first day of school and enthusiastically greeted President David Brandt as he introduced two special guests: Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Newberg Mayor Bob Stewart.

Both were on hand to congratulate student-athlete Matt Gassaway, who last spring claimed a javelin national championship, and the George Fox baseball team in the wake of the squad’s 2004 NCAA Division III World Series title.

Stewart proclaimed the day "George Fox Bruin Baseball Day" in Newberg. Kulongoski spoke of his love of baseball and the connection the Bruin players will always have with one another. "Years from now, whenever you get together, you will replay these games in your minds," he said.

The Bruin baseball team (40- 10 overall, 20-4 conference) earned the national title after the spring term ended. Leading the team was junior righthanded pitcher Scott Hyde. A First Team All-American, Hyde finished the season 14-1 with 191 strikeouts, the second-highest single-season total in Division III history.

Hyde was selected in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Mets. Hyde spent the summer pitching for the Mets’ Class A affiliate in Brooklyn.

The Bruins’ run to a national title earned head coach Pat Bailey National Coach of the Year honors at the Division III level.

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