May 14, 2016

Bruins NCAA Journey Comes To An End

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 journey in the NCAA Regional has come to an end for the George Fox softball team, as the Bruins fell to Claremont Mudd-Scripps in the final elimination game on Saturday, 3-1.

Video Press Conference:

 

Recap:
The Athenas wasted no time putting up numbers on the scoreboard, as they took a 2-0 lead after the top of the first. With a lead-off walk and a single to right center, the Athenas had two runners on the bags. The Bruins did well to get two outs, but the second out came off a sac-bunt that scored the first run of the game. Briana Halle hit a two-out single to right field that scored the final run of that inning.

The Bruins answered back in the bottom of the second after Courtney Howard kicked things off with a deep triple down the right field line. Alyssa Gonzalez hit a towering sac-fly that scored Howard to give the Bruins their first run of the game, 2-1.

The Athenas continued to bring the bats in the top of third, and after loading the bases Abbie Bergerson came in to replace Madison Sorensen in the circle. Bergerson settled in nicely and pitched her way out of the jam with a strikeout and two ground outs that ended the inning.  

CMS followed suit with a pitching change and Anna Gurr came in to replace Molly Rubido in the bottom of the third.

Both Gurr and Bergerson found their rhythm, keeping the batters on their toes. CMS was able to tack on another run in the top of the fifth after Katie Savard homered to right center, 3-1.

The Bruins had an opportunity to make things happen in the bottom of the fifth, as Ashley Bunce and Rebecca Pridmore started the inning with back-to-back singles. Kayla Anderson singled soon after, and the Bruins found themselves with one out and bases juiced. The next at bat was a doozy, as Amanda Woods hit an unlucky line drive to the second baseman, who made the throw to home to end the inning with a double play.

George Fox made the top of the seventh look easy, and rally caps were put on as the Bruins headed to the final inning needing three runs to advance. The Athenas looked to close out the seventh quickly, but Kimi Ito had a wonderful at bat to draw a walk with two outs and a full count. Anderson came up next and delivered a crucial double to right center to bring the winning run at the plate. Woods stepped up to the plate and worked a full count, but a tough call was made and the inning ended with a strikeout.

Top Performers:
Bergerson went five innings for the Bruins and allowed just five hits and one run during her time in the circle. Anderson went 2-4 at the plate, while Bunce went 2-3. Howard and Anderson both made the Spokane Regional All-Tournament Team. 

What It Means:
The loss ends the journey for the Bruins in post-season play in the NCAA, but the 2016 season will go down with some historic moments and the future looks bright for the softball program. The Bruins tied the program best for wins in a single season with 31, while earning the first-ever win in NCAA post-season play.