Feb 06, 2017

Bruins End California Trip With Split Against Redlands

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: Alex Plusquellec

REDLANDS, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team finished up their California swing Monday afternoon in a double-header against Redlands, staging a late game comeback in game two to split with the Bulldogs. 

Game One:
The Bulldogs were aggressive early on against Madison Sorensen, taking a quick 1-0 lead on an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.

The Bruins responded with two runs in the top of the third. Rebecca Pridmore led off the inning with a single to center. Kimi Ito followed with a single of her own and Roni Braun's fly out to right field allowed Pridmore and Ito each to advance. Annie Veatch then singled to right, scoring Pridmore, and Alex Parker followed Veatch with an RBI of her own, bringing Ito home. 

The Bruins first lead turned out to be there only lead, as Redlands responded with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the third to take a 5-2 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Ito drove in Pridmore and Tia Uyehara on a double to left center, cutting the lead to one.

The Bruins had the tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh inning but couldn't get the timely hit they needed as the Bulldogs took game one, 5-4.

Game Two:
Much like game one, the Bruins found themselves in a hole after the first inning. Despite Ito scoring on a double by Veatch in the top of the first, the Bulldogs were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Both teams picked up a run in the third inning. A leadoff walk by Pridmore allowed her to eventually score on a fielding error, and the Bulldogs pulled even after a solo home run. 

After Redlands picked up three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins found themselves down once again in the latter innings of the game. In the top of the sixth inning, Rachel LaRont scored on a sac-fly by Savannah Vargas, bringing the Bruins to within three.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, the Bruins came up big. Alyssa Gonzalez singled down the right field line with the bases loaded, bringing home Pridmore and Veatch. In the very next at-bat, Vargas hit a three-run home run to give the Bruins a 8-6 lead. After a walk, Uyehara was later able to score to give the Bruins a 9-6 advantage. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Alyssa Para got three quick outs to seal the comeback victory 9-6. 

Top Performers:
Game One:

Ito was solid at the plate for the Bruins, going 2 for 4 with two RBI. Veatch and Parker each finished with a run batted in, and Abbie Bergerson allowed just two hits and zero runs in three and a third relief innings. 

Game Two:
Vargas' four RBI proved huge in the late afternoon game. Gonzalez drove in two runs while Veatch added another RBI, and the pitching duo of Bergerson and Alyssa Parra was good enough to hold off the Bulldogs when it counted. 

What It Means:
The Bruins return home with a record of 4-2 after facing a trio of tough teams. The nine runs scored in the final game against Redlands was the most of any game during the road trip.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins are scheduled to hit the road again on Feb. 17 when they will again travel to California to take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The first game of the double-header is set to begin at 1 p.m., with game two following at 3 p.m.