Mar 26, 2016

Bruins Split with Loggers, Win Series

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- After sweeping yesterday's doubleheader with Puget Sound, the Bruins had a slight hiccup on Saturday, losing the first game 4-3 on a three-run Puget Sound third, before rebounding to take the second game, 7-3.


Game One
Starter Abbie Bergerson put in a serviceable three innings of work. The Bruins gave her a lead in the second, when two singles and a groundout put runners on second and third for Kat Hylton, whose clutch single to right brought in Sara Miller, pinch-running for Amanda Woods.

But in the bottom of the third Puget Sound posted a crooked number on the scoreboard. With the bases loaded and one out, Bergerson induced a sacrifice fly from Jessica Gott, doing well to trade a run for an out. But the next batter, Mckenna Johnson, doubled to left, and two runs came in.

Trailing 3-1, the Bruins drew within one in the fifth, when Kayla Anderson singled and came all the way around from first to score on Courtney Howard's single to left.

Then, in the sixth, the Bruins evened the game at 3-3. Batting with the bases loaded, Tawny Becker's sharply hit fielder's choice let Ashley Bunce race home with the tying run.

But in the sixth, with Alyssa Harris pitching, the Loggers loaded the bases, and Harris uncorked a wild pitch Howard couldn't rein in, and Jaci Young scored the winning run for Puget Sound.

Game Two
The Bruins did their best to take the second game as early as possible, and they were helped considerably by two home runs from Kayla Anderson. After two quiet innings, the Bruins blew up in the third for five runs. Anderson ripped a solo homer, Becker doubled in two runs, and an error and a passed ball let in two more.

A five-run lead proved plenty for starter Madison Sorensen, who worked all seven innings. In the top of the fourth, Anderson hit another solo homer, and though Sorensen gave up a single run in the bottom of the fourth and another in the sixth, the Loggers never threatened to take the lead.

Another homer, this one from Bunce, sealed the game in the top of the seventh, and the Bruins claimed a 7-3 win.

Top Performers:

Game One
Annie Veatch was a perfect 3-3 on the day. Woods went 2-4. Howard notched an RBI and finished 1-4. Kat Hylton and Bunce both had 1-3 days.

Game Two
Anderson took the day, going 3-3 with two home runs. Bunce was 2-4 with a home run of her own. Becker finished 1-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

What It Means:
After Saturday's slate, the Bruins are at 17-7 overall and 7-5 in conference.

What Comes Next:
Next Saturday, the Bruins go to Pacific to begin a four-game weekend series.