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GEORGE FOX 5-10, LEWIS & CLARK 1-0: Bruins Power Past Pios for Twinbill Sweep
PORTLAND, Ore. – Felicia Chavez drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the first game and Kerrianne Davidson slugged a grand slam in the second game, powering the George Fox University Bruins past the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers 5-1 and 10-0 in a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader Friday afternoon here at the Huston Sports Complex.
The twinbill was a makeup of games that were rained out on Mar. 10-11 as part of a four-game series, of which only one game was played, a 2-1 George Fox win on Mar. 10. No makeup date has been set for the fourth and final game of the series.
Game 1 - George Fox 5, at Lewis & Clark 1
Pitchers Erin Hento (5-4) for George Fox and Madison Hollenbeck (0-9) for Lewis & Clark matched zeroes for three innings in the opener before the Bruins broke through in the top of the 4th. McKenzie Beeson walked to lead off the frame and Chavez stroked her third round tripper of the season to right for a 2-0 Bruin lead.
The Pioneers got their only run in the home half of the 3rd as Taylor Gatti singled, stole second, advanced to third on a deep fly to right, and scored on Caitlin Relyea’s infield single off the glove of Mckynna Towery at short.
The Bruins added three insurance runs in the 5th. Kris Trindle led off with a single and was sacrificed to second, Towery walked, and Genetta Bennett singled to left to score Trindle. Davidson doubled down the left-field line to score Towery, and Nicole Renteria singled to left as Bennett scored.
Hento scattered five hits, striking out two with no walks. Hollenbeck allowed 10 hits, fanning four and walking three. Trindle had three of the hits off her, while Davidson and Renteria had two each.
The game ended on a bizarre note. Caitlin McCormick singled and Amanda Rabith reached on an error at short to start the bottom of the 7th inning for the Pios. After Natalie Rose popped out, Caitlin Basilio hit a liner to center that Trindle dove for and appeared to catch momentarily, but the ball popped out of her glove as she rolled over and was ruled a non-catch. However, pinch runner Maddie Lee retreated to second, thinking the ball had been caught, and was forced out at second. Basilio, meanwhile, also thought Trindle had made the catch and retreated immediately to the dugout, where she was called out for abandoning the baseline, resulting in a Bruin double play to end the game.
Game 2 - George Fox 10, at Lewis & Clark 0
The Bruins collected 12 hits off two Lewis & Clark pitchers in the nightcap and exploded for six runs in the 6th to blow the game open, shortening it to six runs due to the ‘mercy rule’. The offensive outburst benefitted three Bruin hurlers, starter Allyssa DenDekker (4-3) getting the win with four innings of five-hit shutout ball along with two strikeouts and no walks. Rachel Fielder and Taylor Whitmore went one inning each to complete the whitewash.
The Bruins scored twice in the 3rd to pin the loss of Pioneer starter Rose (0-9). A single by Trindle and walks to Jenny Milton and Beeson loaded the bases. Davidson hit a foul pop down the left-field line on which Caroline DeVincenzi at short made a fine running catch, but Trindle was able to tag up and score. When the other runners tried to advance on DeVincenzi’s throw to the plate, catcher McCormick made a wild throw to third, allowing Milton to score. In the Bruin 5th, Chriss and Beeson hit back-to-back doubles for one run, Davidson bunted for a hit as Beeson went to third, and Kirsten Ankeny’s grounder to short scored Beeson.
The Bruins put the game away with their six in the 6th. Hallie Knife took over for Rose to start the inning and retired no one, giving up a singles to Renteria and Trindle and walking Milton to load the bases. Chriss singled for one run, and Beeson walked to force in another. Rose returned to the mound to replace Knife, and was promptly greeted with a bases-clearing liner over the left-field fence by Davidson, her second home run of the season and second grand slam of her career.
Renteria had three hits for the Bruins, while Trindle, Chriss, and Davidson had two each. Trindle, Milton, Chris and Beeson scored two runs apiece, and Davidson collected five RBIs.
NEXT: George Fox (14-11, NWC 9-6), which has won four in a row and nine of its last 12, visits Northwest Christian University in Eugene on Wednesday for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. ... Lewis & Clark (0-18, NWC 0-14) hosts St. Martin’s University Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a non-conference twinbill.