Apr 10, 2016

Sorensen Wins Twice as Bruins Beat Bearcats

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 outscored Willamette 18-5 in their doubleheader sweep on Sunday afternoon. Annie Veatch'ss two home runs powered the Bruins to an 11-5 win in the first game, while a complete-game two-hitter from Madison Sorensen blanked the Bearcats in the second, 7-0—her second win of the day, having picked up the win in the first game in relief. The two victories gave the Bruins a three-games-to-one series win.


Game One
The Bruins racked up 15 hits off of the Bearcats, but they were down 3-0 early on. In the first, Willamette's Ashley Pender led off with a home run, and Pender hit another homer in the third, this time a two-run shot.

But in the bottom of the third, Annie Veatch answered with a home run of her own: her two-run shot scored Kayla Anderson, and the Bruins were back in it. The next inning, Tia Uyehara joined in, and her two-run homer put the Bruins up, 4-3. Kimi Ito added an RBI single to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead.

The Bearcats clawed their way back, though. In the fifth, Katie Hammitt knocked in two with a single to tie the game at 5-5.

From there, though, the Bruins rolled. Kat Hylton and Uyehara drove in runs in the fifth, and Veatch drilled her second homer in the sixth. Hylton added another RBI on a sacrifice fly, and the Bruins took the game, 11-5.

Game Two
The Bruins had power left over for game two, but the Bearcats did not. After throwing two innings of relief, Sorensen threw all seven innings in the nightcap, allowing just two hits and striking out four.

Woods started things off for the Bruins in the first: her bases-loaded single scored two. Then, in the third, Woods added a solo homer to make the score 3-0, claiming all three RBIs.

Kayla Anderson made her case in the fifth. Batting with Pridmore and Ito on base, Anderson hit a three-run homer to extend the score to 6-0. Ito drove in the Bruins's seventh run with a sacrifice fly.

Sorensen allowed just a single in the fourth and another in the sixth and deservedly took another win.

Top Performers:

Game One
Veatch was a force, going 2-2 with two home runs and four RBIs. Hylton, Uyehara, and Rebecca Pridmore all went 2-3; Hylton had two RBIs, and Uyehara drove in three, including her home run. Amanda Woods finished 2-4. Working two innings of relief, Madison Sorensen took the win.

Game Two
Sorensen managed the rare feat of winning both ends of a doubleheader. Woods was a perfect 3-3 with three RBIs, plus a home run. Anderson was 2-4 with three RBIs.

What It Means:
The Bruins are 24-12 overall and 14-10 in conference.

What Comes Next:
Next weekend the Bruins conclude their regular-season schedule with a four-game series with Lewis & Clark; Saturday's doubleheader is away, and Sunday's is in Newberg.