Mar 18, 2016

Bruins Open Arizona With A Split

A Winning Tradition

  • 1 NCAA Regional Tournament (2016)
  • 1 NAIA Regional Tournament (1994)
  • 1 NAIA District Championship (1994)
  • 1 Cascade Conference Championship (1994)
  • 4 Northwest Conference Tournament (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • 1 NAIA District Coach of the Year
  • 3 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week (Abbie Bergerson, 2015)
  • 2 NFCA All-West Region Second Team 

TUCSON, Ariz. --- The George Fox softball team kicked off their Arizona trip with a double-header on Friday, as the Bruins split the double dip on the day. The Bruins beat La Verne, 5-0, in game one, but fell to Denison in a nail-biting 3-2 finish.

Game 1
The beginning of the game was a bit of a pitcher's duel, as neither team could put a run up on the board. That all changed in the fourth when both Annie Veatch and Kat Hylton got on base after working a walk at the plate. Alex Parker came up the plate and delivered a crushing double to centerfield, which scored Mallory Barber, who pinch ran for Veatch. Ashley Bunce hit a single through the left side on the next at bat, bringing Hylton home. Bunce stole second, and Rebecca Pridmore grounded out to second, but moved the runners and scored Parker. The Bruins finished the inning with a 3-0 lead.

The Leopards looked to respond in the fourth after a lead-off double and walk, but a fielder's choice kept the Leos off of third base. The Bruins got out of the inning when Courtney Howard picked off Meli Garcia leading off a little too far on second.

The Bruins bagged another run in the top of the fifth after Kayla Anderson doubled to right field and Howard reached on a single. Amanda Woods worked a walk, and just like that, the bases were juiced. The next at bat was a line out to the pitcher, who tried to double up the Bruins with a throw to second for the force out. Her throw was too high for the second baseman, and the Anderson walked home as the ball went out to centerfield. George Fox ended the inning increasing their lead to, 4-0.

Insurance came in the top of the seventh, as Anderson was back to her old way, hammering a ball well over the left field fence for the solo home run.

The Bruins blanked the Leopards, 5-0.

Game 2
The Bruins looked to pounce on Denison in game two after recording a run in both the first and second inning. With a quick 2-0 lead, the Bruins were poised to keep the momentum going throughout the day, but both pitchers settled in and the pitcher's duel got underway. Madison Sorensen went the first four innings for the Bruins, while Alyssa Harris came in and went the final 2.1 innings.

Denison tallied a run back in the third and after trailing for six innings, the Big Red had one last chance to take a game away from the Bruins. The Big Red got a runner on first after a strike out swinging turned into a reached on error. A hit by pitch on the next plate appearance gave the Big Red the go-ahead run on first. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, and a single to centerfield advanced the runner on third home to tie the game up, 2-2. A single made the bases loaded with no outs, and two batters later, the Big Red scored on a throwing error by the Bruins.

Lauren Secaras went the distance for the Big Red, recording four hits and 11 strikeouts.

Top Performers:
Game 1

Abbie Bergerson was phenomenal in the circle for the Bruins, pitching a complete game and a shutout. She struck out one batter and allowed just one walk and eight hits. She improves to 4-1 on the season.

Anderson went 2-4 on the day with one RBI, while Parker went 2-3 with one RBI.

Game 2
The Bruins recorded four hits on the day, but left nine on base. Sorensen struck out four and walked one, while Harris struck out two in her 2.1 innings of work.

What It Means:
With the split, the Bruins stand at 8-6 on the season.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will have another double-header tomorrow on Saturday, March 19 with Wisconsin – La Crosse at 9:00 a.m. and Wisconsin – Eau Clair at 11:00 a.m.