Feb 25, 2017

Bruins Open NWC Play in Extras

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: Jake Bienvenue

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team traveled to McMinnville Saturday for an afternoon doubleheader, losing two close games to the undefeated Linfield Wildcats.

Recap:
Game One:
The Bruins struck first with three big runs in the top of the fourth. Alyssa Gonzalez singled to left center to spark the scoring effort. Annie Veatch walked to first, advancing Tristan Cozo, who pinch ran for Gonzalez. A single from Alex Parker stacked the bases with Cozo on third and Alexis Westbrooks (pinch running for Annie Veatch) on second. A single from Roni Braun led to the RBI, sending home Tristan Cozo.

Aaliyah Kautz doubled to right center field for two RBIs, bringing home Alex Parker and Roni Braun to cap off the impressive inning.

The Wildcats struck back in the bottom of the fifth with four runs, earning the narrow advantage.

Allison Meyer hit a homerun in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 4-4. Extra innings were needed, and the 'Cats came away with the narrow margin snatching the victory at 5-4.

Game Two:
Game two was exciting as the teams traded blows early, but it was the Wildcats who struck first as the home team managed to hit two doubles for an RBI, earning the 1-0 lead.

Wasting no time to retaliate, the Bruins pulled ahead with two runs in the top of the second. Allison Meyer walked to first and Savannah Vargas hit a beautiful homerun for the two RBIs and the lead, 2-1.

The Wildcats had two runs in the bottom of the second to take back the lead at 3-2.

Alex Parker came right back with a homerun in the top of the fourth to tie the game, and the game was destined for another close one.

The Bruins had a chance to take the lead in the eighth with two runners on base and two outs on the scoreboard. An unlucky ground out halted the Bruins chances, but the Bruins kept the 'Cats off the board in the bottom half of the inning.

The ninth innings was short for the Bruins, who recorded three straight outs. The game looked to extend to 10 innings with two outs on the board, but the Wildcats were patient at the plate. A couple of walks later and the 'Cats had the bases loaded. The next batter was hit, which walked in the game-winning run, and the 'Cats took game two, 4-3.  

Top Performers:
Game One:
Aaliyah Kautz led the offense with two RBIs on only four at-bats. Allison Meyer also played well in this one, hitting a homer in her only at-bat. Roni Braun chipped in as well, going 1-3 at the plate with a run and an RBI.

Game Two:
Savannah Vargas' homerun and two RBIs led the Bruins in game two. Alex Parker hit a homer of her own to contribute to the George Fox scoring effort. Abbie Bergerson was great in the circle for the Bruins, recording 5.1 innings pitched and three strikeouts.

What It Means:
The Bruins begin conference play losing two tightly contested games, moving to 4-4 on the season and 0-2 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins look to bounce back Sunday, Feb. 26, at Linfield with another afternoon doubleheader at 12:00 and 2:15.