Feb 04, 2017

Bruins Sweep Saturday Over Tigers

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 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- After opening up the 2017 season with a split against La Verne Friday, the George Fox softball team bounced back with a clean sweep over Occidental. The Bruins won the first game 4-1 and the second game 7-4.

Game One:

The home team was the first to get on the board, as the Tigers used a double steal in the bottom of the first to get things going.

The Bruins responded in the top of the third after Roni Braun started the inning off with a double to left field. Rebecca Pridmore slapped a single, and both runners advanced a base on an error by the pitcher. Rachel LaRont doubled to center field with the next at bat, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

Madison Sorensen settled in after the Bruins took the lead, blanking the Tigers for the remainder of the game. Sorensen was unstoppable in the circle, going all seven innings and allowing just four hits with four strikeouts.

With the support of their pitcher, the Bruins' bats continued to deliver insurance runs, as the squad scored two more runs in the final inning of the game. Kimi Ito was to thank for the final two runs, as the sophomore drilled a two RBI single to center field to bring home Pridmore and Braun.

Game Two:
With momentum on their side, the Bruins jumped on the Tigers in the top of the first. Back-to-back doubles by Annie Veatch and Alex Parker scored the Bruins' first two runs, and Tawny Becker added the third on a sac-fly.

The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the second with two runs, but Parker had the Bruins' answer in the top of the third. The sophomore stepped to the plate with two runners on, and sent a ball over the fence for a three run homerun.

From there, both Abbie Bergerson and Alyssa Parra took care of the Tigers on the defensive side. The Tigers managed to tack on two more runs, but the Bruins locked up the sweep with a 7-4 victory.

Top Performers:
Game One:

Ito and Braun both recorded two hits, as the Bruins out-hit the Tigers, 8-4. Sorensen went the distance with seven innings pitched and four strikeouts.

Game Two:
Veatch and Parker were the difference in game two, as the pair both recorded two hits. Parker tallied five RBIs in the game, with three coming off the big homerun. Bergerson went five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits, while Parra recorded two innings.

What It Means:
The Bruins are 3-1 after the sweep.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will enjoy a day's rest before the play Redlands Monday, Feb. 6, at 12p.m. and 2p.m.