Mar 01, 2017

Bruins Split With 'Cats in Makeup Games

A Winning Tradition

  • Two NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances (2016, 2018)
  • Five Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Six NFCA All-West Region Athletes (One first-team, three second-team, two third-team) 
  • 4 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 1 (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week (Abbie Bergerson, 2015)
  • Two National Top-25 Rankings (2016, 2018)
  • One NAIA Regional Tournament (1994)
  • One NAIA District Championship (1994)
  • One Cascade Conference Championship (1994)
  • 1 NAIA District Coach of the Year

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team resumed play Wednesday, as the Bruins and the Linfield Wildcats made up their rained out series with a split.

Game One:

Madison Sorensen received the start in the circle for the Bruins, and pitched a gem, as the junior held the top-ranked 'Catys to four hits in the eight innings of play. Sorensen had a perfect game going all the way up until the sixth inning when the 'Cats finally recorded their first hit of the game.

The Bruins also had a slow start to the game, as Kimi Ito was the only production early on.

After seven innings of play, both teams went into extra innings for the third straight game in the four game series.

Rebecca Pridmore helped the Bruins start a rally in the eighth, using a well-placed bunt down third base line to record the infield hit. Ito followed suit with a bunt of her own, and Alyssa Gonzalez loaded the bases for the Bruins off a throwing error. With no outs on the board and bases loaded, Annie Veatch delivered the game-winning run with a single to left field. The Bruins secured one more insurance run with a sac-fly from Alex Parker.

Sorensen had to battle in the bottom half of the inning, as Linfield had the game tying run on second. Sorensen struck out the next batter for the second out and a fly out to right field gave the Bruins the 2-0 win.

The win marked the first loss of the season for the 'Cats.

Game Two:
The second game got off to a different start, as both teams recorded hits in the opening inning. The 'Cats were able to get on the board in the third inning after a sac-fly in foul territory brought home the early run. The 'Cats were able to tally two more runs in the fourth as the Bruins did their best to contain the top-ranked 'Cats.

The Bruins ended up with plenty of opportunities, but came up just short leaving five runners stranded throughout the seven innings.

Linfield took the series and the final game 3-0.

Top Performers:
Game One:

Sorensen was the hero in game one, pitching a complete game with six strikeouts and allowing four hits and no runs. Ito went a perfect 3-3 at the plate, while Veatch and Parker both recorded an RBI apiece.

Game Two:
Aaliyah Kautz went a perfect 3-3 at the plate to lead the Bruins' bats in game two.

What It Means:
The Bruins are now 5-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will host Whitworth March 4-5.