The Pacific University baseball team held the Oregon Northwest Conference Invitational Tournament at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro, Oregon on Feb. 6.

The Boxers lost their first game against Pacific Lutheran despite a strong pitching performance by junior Eric Purcell.

“The coaches granted me the opportunity to go out and set the tone for my team for the first game of the season,’ Purcell said “we did a lot of really good things, I had an outstanding catcher in Kane Ulrich and an amazing defense behind me makes it really easy to do my job.”

The team gathered some momentum after its first loss and went on to score eight runs in each of next three games, leading the Boxers to a 3-1 record for the NWC Invitational.

“It was a great experience for us and a good stepping stone for us to build off for the rest of the season,” Purcell said. “On a personal level I could not be happier of how the Pacific Boxers performed at the NWC Invitational.”

The Boxers set an offensive tone, collecting 45 hits and scoring 25 runs in four games.

The offence was led by powerful hitting from junior Kurtis Kloke, depositing a home run to deep left field.

“We like the way we started but that’s all it is, is a start,” Purcell said, “We have 40 something games left, we head down to Texas later this week and that’s another opportunity for us to show what we can do.”

The Boxers will play No. 3 nationally-ranked Emory University in the Central Texas Tournament on Feb. 12.

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