Jared Van Hoon plays two very different positions for the Boxer baseball team, shortstop and pitcher.
For him both positions have their advantages.
“When I play shortstop I get to hit, but when I pitch I have more control over the game,” said Van Hoon.
After growing up in Lake Oswego, junior Jared Van Hoon transferred from the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif. to Pacific to provide more depth for the baseball team starting in the 2011 season.
Due to Van Hoon’s two-out hit, Pacific handed George Fox their third Northwest Conference series sweep in 17 years on Monday, March 14.
The Boxers took the final game of the series 4-1 with the win and they took their second sweep of a NWC series this season due to this and other contributions of the team.
Since he has been at Pacific, Van Hoon feels that he has meshed well with the coaching staff and his teammates.
“Coach Bradley is a good guy and a good communicator; that is a big reason why I came to Pacific, to play baseball,” said Van Hoon.
Another main reason her transferred to Pacific was because he played baseball with some of the men on the team this summer.
The team’s name was the West Coast League.
Van Hoon believes that having good team chemistry is essential to success.
“The team is great, which makes it easier to play. Everyone works hard and pushes themselves. We all hangout off the field and with 18 of 31 guys being underclassmen, there is really no age distinction on the team, we just play,” said Van Hoon.
Coming from a college in California, VanHoon mentioned some key differences he has noticed while at Pacific. These include the weather change, level of play and the competiveness. “The weather has been an adjustment from California, because up here the rain makes it hard to keep momentum from game to game,” said Van Hoon. As far as the level of play, Van Hoon mentioned that Arizona is like the baseball capital and the further south you play, the better the competition gets.
VanHoon is a sociology major at Pacific and eventually wants to get into law enforcement.
Currently the Boxers are overall 10-5 in the Northwest Conference they are 6-2, which puts them in third for NWC standings. Van Hoon believes that having good team chemistry is essential to success.
“The team is great, which makes it easier to play. Everyone works hard and pushes themselves.
We all hangout off the field and with 18 of 31 guys being underclassmen, there is really no age distinction on the team, we just play,” said Van Hoon.
Coming from a college in California, Van Hoon mentioned some key differences he has noticed while at Pacific such as, the weather change, level of play and the competiveness. “The weather has been an adjustment from California, because up here the rain makes it hard to keep momentum from game to game,” said Van Hoon.
As far as the level of play, Van Hoon mentioned that Arizona is like the baseball capital and the further south you play, the better the competition gets.
Van Hoon is a sociology major at Pacific and eventually wants to get into law enforcement.
Currently the Boxers are overall 11-5. In the Northwest Conference they are 7-2, which puts them in third for NWC standings.

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