Mar 25, 2016

Starting Pitchers Shine as Bruins Sweep Loggers

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

TACOMA, Wash. --- The Bruins returned from their Arizona trip to a doubleheader with Puget Sound on Friday. Carrying the momentum of a six-game winning streak as they restarted Northwest Conference play, the Bruins swept aside hosts Puget Sound, 9-3 in the opener and 5-1 in the nightcap.

Recap:

Game One
Kayla Anderson's three-RBI performance sparked the Bruins to a solid 9-3 win after they slipped behind early on. With the normally lights-out Abbie Bergerson on the rubber, the Bruins were surprised by the Loggers in the bottom of the first: with two outs, a solo homer by Erica Gott and an RBI double by Jessica Gott helped the Loggers to an early 3-0 lead.

But the Bruins, who put on an offensive show in Arizona, could only be held back for so long. With runners on the corners in the third, Anderson drove a double into the gap to score the Bruins's first run, and Courtney Howard followed with a two-RBI single. Two subsequent errors gave the Bruins a five-run inning and a 5-3 lead.

With Bergerson settled in and pitching well, the Bruins bided their time before putting the game well out of reach in the sixth. With one out and the bases full of Bruins, Anderson guided a single up the middle for two runs, and Amanda Woods and Tawny Becker both recorded RBI singles to make the score 9-3.

Bergerson allowed just one hit after her shaky first inning and took a well-deserved complete-game win.

Game Two
Through Bergerson turned in a solid start in the first game, Madison Sorensen never gave Puget Sound an opportunity at a lead in the afternoon. Sorensen allowed just three hits and one run over her seven innings of work, striking out seven and claiming a complete-game victory. The Bruins got one in the top of the first, when Howard reached on an error with two away, stole second, and scored when Woods did well to poke a single to right.

In the second, the Bruins loaded the bases but failed to score, and they found it difficult to add to their slim lead. A 1-0 lead was all Sorensen needed, though, and in the sixth the Bruins secured her a win. With two on and one out, Annie Veatch rocketed a three-run homer to left to give the Bruins some breathing room. Kimi Ito added another on an RBI single, and the Bruins had a 5-0 lead.

Sorensen lost her shutout bid in the seventh on an RBI single, but the Bruins took a 5-1 win and swept the series.

Top Performers:

Game One
Bergerson's performance after the first inning was stellar, and she gave the Bruins the stability to mount their comeback. Anderson, the three-hitter on Friday, was 3-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Woods and Ashley Bunce both finished 2-4; Woods had a run and an RBI. Howard drove in two as part of her 1-4 day.

Game Two
Veatch had a stellar day, going 2-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Ashley Bunce and Tia Uyehara both finished 2-3 with a run scored. Woods had a 2-4 day and knocked in a run.

What It Means:
The Bruins improve to 16-6 and 6-4 in conference.

What Comes Next:
Tomorrow's doubleheader concludes the Bruins's four-game set with Puget Sound.