TACOMA, Wash. – Playing a flawless two games in the field with outstanding pitching and 24 total hits, the George Fox University Bruins took a doubleheader from the University of Puget Sound Loggers, 7-3 and 11-2, to complete a four-game sweep of their Northwest Conference softball series Sunday afternoon here at Logger Field.
Game 1 – George Fox 7, at Puget Sound 3
George Fox battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to win the opener, exploding for five runs in the 5th inning to take control. Puget Sound struck for two in the 1st when Chrissy Atterson drilled a two-run home run, and got another in the 2nd as Amy Schmeckpepper singled, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on two ground outs.
The Bruins started their comeback with a pair of runs in the 3rd on a walk to Felicia Chavez and Bethany Chriss’s second home run of the season to left. In the 5th, the Bruins loaded the bases with one out on a Kris Trindle single, an error on a Chavez grounder, and a walk to Chriss. McKenzie Beeson put the Bruins ahead with a two-run single, Chriss scored on a wild pitch, and Kerrianne Davidson singled to score Beeson and Mckynna Towery, who had been hit by a pitch.
Southpaw Rachel Fielder (3-1) got the win after relieving starter Allyssa DenDekker in the 1st, working 3.2 innings while allowed five hits but only one run. Erin Hento notched her second save with 2.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief, fanning two with no walks. Aryn Grause (0-3) took the loss.
Chriss and Beeson had two hits apiece out of the Bruins’ total of nine. Puget Sound had 11 hits, with Brianna Huber, Atterson, Elayna Van Hess, and Schmeckpepper getting two each.
Game 2 - George Fox 11, at Puget Sound 2
Three multi-run innings and a 15-hit attack, led by Chavez’s 4-for-4 game, enabled the Bruins to complete the day and series sweep with a game called after five innings by the eight-run ‘mercy’ rule.
The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the 1st when Jenny Milton walked, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored on a Chavez double. After a walk to Chriss, Beeson singled in Chavez. The Loggers tied it in the 2nd on an RBI double by Megan Janes and a run-scoring infield hit by Jenica Holt.
Another five-run inning in the 3rd enabled the Bruins to blow the game open. Beeson singled to start the frame, was sacrificed to second, and scored the tie-breaking run on a single by Nicole Renteria. Towery doubled and Genetta Bennett’s sacrifice fly to left scored Renteria. Milton doubled in Towery, and Milton scored when Trindle singled to center and the throw back to the infield got away for an error. Chavez doubled in Trindle to cap the rally.
The Bruins added four in the 5th to invoke the run rule. Chavez had an RBI single, Chriss drove in a run with a ground ball that was booted, Beeson singled in a run, and Davidson hit a sacrifice fly for the last run.
Taylor Whitmore (1-2) went the first four innings for the win, spacing five hits and walking four, before DenDekker finished up with a 1-2-3 5th inning. Of the Loggers’ five hits, Janes was 2-for-2. Grause (0-4) started and again took the loss for UPS. Chavez scored twice and drove in three, while Beeson had three hits and drove in two. Milton and Trindle had two hits and scored two runs each.
NEXT: George Fox (10-8, NWC 5-3), now in fourth place in the conference after five straight wins, visits Lewis & Clark College Saturday and Sunday for 12:00 noon doubleheaders ... Puget Sound (2-6, NWC 2-6) is at defending national champion Linfield College for twinbills Saturday and Sunday, also at noon.