Mar 21, 2016

Crazy Eights as Bruins Sweep Monday's Doubleheader: 8-2, 8-0

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 

By: Ryan Lackey

TUSCON, Ariz. --- The Bruins continued their winning run through Arizona by sweeping Monday's doubleheader. In the early game, the Bruins logged their second consecutive win over Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 8-2. Then, in the nightcap, the Bruins shut out Crown, 8-0.


Game One
Starter Abbie Bergerson threw a complete game, holding Wisconsin-Eau Claire to five hits and two runs, one earned. Bergerson also struck out five and deservedly claimed the win.

The Bruins scratched together a run to give Bergerson an early lead in the first. Kayla Anderson reached on an error, went to second on a walk, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on Amanda Woods's groundout.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire notched an unearned run to tie the game in the third when Woods made an error, but Woods made up for it two innings later. With the bases loaded and two away, Woods punched a single to left, scoring two and reestablishing a 3-1 lead for the Bruins.

Wisconsin-Eau Claire came close in the sixth, pushing across another run to narrow the score to 3-2. Bergerson, though, did well to maintain the Bruins's lead, and in the bottom of the sixth they put the game away. Ashley Bunce hit a two-run homer, Courtney Howard drove in two with a single, and Kat Hylton waited out a walk to force in another run. The Bruins led 8-2, and the final score held.

Game Two
Trying their best to emulate Bergerson's outing from game one, starter Melissa Charron and reliever Alyssa Parra combined to blank Crown in the second game. In fact, Charron, who worked the first four innings, and Parra, who finished the final two, allowed just three hits between them.

The Bruins didn't wait long to continue the offensive output. In the first, with two on, Annie Veatch sliced a single for the Bruins's first run, and Bunce followed up with another single: 2-0, Bruins. That lead doubled in the second, when Courtney Howard knocked in the third run—Woods, on a single, the fourth.

Howard continued her stellar day in the fourth by ripping a two-RBI triple, and she promptly scored on Woods's single. Enjoying a 7-0 lead, the Bruins cruised through the fifth and tacked on another in the sixth on Veatch's RBI double. Parra was never troubled as she closed out the last two innings for the 8-0 win.

Top Performers:

Game One
Bergerson deserved the accolades, silencing a potent Wisconsin-Eau Claire offense. Woods finished 1-3 with three RBIs. Kayla Anderson was 1-3 and scored three runs. Bunce went 2-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Game Two
Everything came up threes for Howard, who finished 3-3 with three RBIs and three runs. Woods was 2-2 with two RBIs and a run scored. Veatch was 2-4 with drove in two.

What It Means:
The Bruins's record improves to 12-6 on the year with Monday's sweep.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins conclude their Arizona series tomorrow with a doubleheader against Carleton.