Mar 29, 2016

Bergerson Dominates as Bruins Split with Lutes

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. --- The Bruins's Tuesday doubleheader with Pacific Lutheran saw two of the best individual pitching performances this season. In the early game, which the Bruins won 4-0, starter Abbie Bergerson was masterful, throwing a complete-game, one-hit shutout, facing just two batters over the minimum. In the second game, Lutes starter Marissa Miller did her best to match Bergerson and nearly succeeded. Miller allowed two hits over her complete-game shutout, and the Lutes took a 3-0 win to split the doubleheader.


Game One
The Bruins got two runs in the second inning to make sure Bergerson had a lead to work with. Ashley Bunce and Kat Hylton singled to put runners on second and third, and Kimi Ito dropped a perfect bunt to score Bunce. Kayla Anderson followed suit with an RBI single to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Two runs was plenty for Bergerson on Tuesday. In the fourth, the Lutes recorded their only hit of the day, when Thalen Masada led off with a grounder just deep enough in the hole for a single. But Bergerson immediately got a double play, and Pacific Lutheran never threatened.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins scored two more as if in retribution. Rebecca Pridmore walked, and Ito placed another soft bunt for a single. Anderson then rang a single to center to score Pridmore. A walk to Amanda Woods, and then another to Tia Uyehara, forced in the Bruins's fourth run.

Bergerson cruised through the last three innings to seal the 4-0 win and improve her record to 8-1.

Game Two
Perhaps inspired by Bergerson, Marissa Miller was almost as sharp in the second game. Through the first three innings, she blanked the Bruins, but her counterpart, Madison Sorensen, was also throwing well and matched her zeroes.

Then, in the fourth, Nicole Schroeder singled to start the inning, and pinch-runner Kayla Russel swiped second. Sorensen settled to record two outs, but Kelli Crawford's double to right gave the Lutes a 1-0 lead.

Sorensen was strong in the fifth but gave up two more runs: one unearned on an error by Courtney Howard and another unearned run courtesy of Schroeder, whose double scored Emily McConnell.

The Lutes went on to answer back with a shutout of their own. 

Top Performers:

Game One
Bergerson earned her eighth win in style. Over her seven innings of one-hit softball, she struck out four. Offensively, Kayla Anderson went 3-4 and had two RBIs. Ito finished 2-4 with a run and RBI.

Game Two
Sorensen allowed just one earned run and six hits, while striking out nine Lutes over her five innings of work. Any other day, she probably would've earned a win.

What It Means:
After Tuesday the Bruins are 18-8 overall and 8-6 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
Tomorrow, the Bruins host Pacific Lutheran for another doubleheader as they make up the four-game series rained out earlier this year.