Apr 23, 2016

Bruins Fall To 'Cats in NWC Tournament Championship Game

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 

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The Cinderella story came to an end on Saturday, as the Bruins finished second to Linfield College in the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship game, 12-2.

Both pitchers kept both teams scoreless for the first two innings, but that changed in the top of the third when Linfield scored the first run of the game.

After a one-out single, Wildcat' Cheyenne Fletcher came up to the plate and tripled bringing her teammate all the way home for a 1-0 lead.  

The Wildcats bagged another run in the top of the fourth after Erin Tauscher opened up the inning with a double. Jessica Woodruff came in to pinch run and was moved to third after a groundout by Danielle Duman. A well-placed bunt by Kenzie Schmoll scored Woodruff for the second run of the game.

The 'Cats exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth off seven hits. A solo homerun paired with five singles and two doubles platted the insurance runs the 'Cats needed.

Linfield expanded on its lead in the top of the seventh after a lead-off double and a single to right field put two runners on base. A pair of wild pitches scored two runs for the 'Cats, and the lead moved to 10-0. Before the inning was over, the 'Cats improved their lead to a 12-0 advantage.

The never quitting Bruins wouldn't go down without a fight, though, as Kat Hylton started the inning off with a double to left field. Ashley Bunce was then hit by a pitch and the Bruins had a runner in scoring position. The Wildcats were able to get two quick outs, but Kimi Ito singled to left center scoring Hylton and moving Bunce to third. Kayla Anderson singled up the middle scoring Bunce.

A fielder's choice ended the game, giving the Wildcats the title of NWC Tournament Champion.

Top Performers:
The Bruins tallied eight hits with Anderson leading the pack going 3-4 at the plate. Ito was the only other Bruin to tally two hits or more.

What It Means:
The Bruins finish second in the NWC Tournament and finish one win shy of tying the program's best 31 wins. They stand at 30-13 on the season and 18-10 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will wait and see if they will earn an at-large in the regionals for the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament.