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GEORGE FOX 3-11, LEWIS & CLARK 2-14: Bruins Split “Home on Road” DH with Pios
PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing their final two home games at Lewis & Clark College’s Huston Sport Complex because of a water-logged Morse Field in Newberg, the George Fox University Bruins split with the Pioneers, winning 3-2 before falling 14-11, in Northwest Conference softball action here Saturday afternoon.
The first game was a pitchers’ duel between Erin Hento (8-13) of George Fox and Natalie Rose (5-15) of Lewis & Clark. Hento scattered seven hits in 7.0 innings, allowing no earned runs while striking out two and walking one. Rose surrendered only four hits and one earned run, fanning one and passing two.
The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the 2nd when Kayla Ward hit her second home run of the season with two out after Hento had reached on an error in left. They got what would prove to be the winning run in the 3rd as Nicole Renteria bunted for a hit, stole second, and scored on a double to center by Bethany Chriss.
The Pios picked up their two runs in the 6th. The first run came as Caroline DeVincenzi scored on a bases-loading throwing error trying to get a force at the plate, and Caitlin Relyea scored on a wild throw trying to double off a runner after a line out to second.
DeVincenzi had three hits for the Pioneers and Molly Donahue had two, while no Bruin had more than one.
The second game featured several big innings, George Fox scoring first with four in the bottom of the 1st. Singles by Kris Trindle, Kerrianne Davidson, and Chriss got the first run home. Shelby Briske singled in a run, Ward’s ground out to second scored another, and Briske scored on a double steal with Becka Doyle.
The Pioneers responded with six runs in the 2nd. After Sarah Breninger drove in a run with a bunt single and Jamie Moon singled in a run, DeVincenzi slugged her seventh home run of the season, a grand slam, to put the Pios ahead.
Back came the Bruins with three in the 3rd to regain the lead. Chriss, Briske, and Ward hit consecutive singles, Chriss scoring on a wild throw from center on Ward’s hit. Hilary Broadus later singled to drive in Ward and Doyle for a 7-6 George Fox lead. Chriss hit her fourth home run in the 4th, a solo shot that made it 8-6.
The Pios put together six hits along with three costly Bruin errors for seven runs in the top of the 5th, however, and never trailed again. Relyea and Jet’aime Mullins had RBI singles to start the frame, and after three runs scored on ground outs or errors, Caitlin Basilio and DeVincenzi capped the rally with run-scoring singles. Megan Andre added an RBI single in the 6th.
George Fox cut the deficit to three with three in the last of the 6th. Ward singled in one run, and two scored on an error at short. The Bruins loaded the bases in the last of the 7th on hits by Trindle and Davidson and a walk to Briske, but Ward grounded out to end the game.
The Bruins banged out a season-high 19 hits in the game, led by Chriss, who went 4-5 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Trindle, Briske, and Ward had three hits apiece, and Davidson had two. DeVincenzi was 5-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs, finishing the twinbill with an 8-9 day. Moon, Mullins, and Donahue chipped in with two hits each for the Pioneers, who had 16 hits in all.
Allyssa DenDekker (2-13) started and took the loss for the Bruins. Rose (6-15) got the win in relief of starter Paige McFeeley for the Pios, working the final 4.2 innings.
NEXT: George Fox (10-28, NWC 4-22) and Lewis & Clark (8-29, NWC 2-24) will close out the season with two more at the Huston Sports Complex Sunday at 12:00 noon, this time with the Pioneers as the home team.