Mar 11, 2017

Bruins Sweep Lutes Saturday

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

TACOMA, Wash. --- The George Fox softball team hit the road Saturday and took the first two games of the weekend series over Pacific Lutheran by a score of 9-4 in game one and 5-4 in game two. 

Recap:
Game One:

The Bruins put runs up early, leading 5-1 after two innings. Allison Meyer's two run home run in the top of the first was one of her three hits on the day.

In the top of the second, Rebecca Pridmore, Kimi Ito and Annie Veatch each drove in a run. The three Bruins combined for five RBIs in the game.

Madison Sorensen pitched a complete game for the Bruins, picking up her fourth victory of the season. 

After scoring one run in the fourth inning to take a 6-1 lead, the Bruins added three more runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. After the Lutes walked in two Bruin runners, Ito picked up her second RBI of the game on a single. 

After getting the last three outs needed, the Bruins secured a 9-4 victory in game one over the Lutes.

Game Two:
The Lutes were aggressive at the plate to start game two, getting four runs across in the bottom of the first inning. 

The Bruins responded in the top of the second with two runs of their own. Alex Parker scored on a wild pitch, and Savannah Vargas scored after stealing third. In the top of the second, Parker's RBI double scored Meyer and got the Bruins to within one, 4-3.

Abbie Bergerson settled after the first inning and pitched five full innings to pick up the win. Sorensen struck out four in two innings of relief to tally her first save of the season. 

The comeback was complete after the Bruins scored two in the sixth. Roni Braun and Julie Apodaca each drove in a run to give the Bruins a 5-4 lead late in the game. 

Sorensen struck out three in a row to end the game, and the Bruins complete the day one sweep with a 5-4 comeback victory. 

Top Performers:
Game One:

Meyer led the offensive production, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Ito and Pridmore each drove in two runs, and Sorensen's control on the mound led the Bruins to their third conference victory of the year.

Game Two:
Multiple Bruin hitters led the comeback for the Bruins, who scored five unanswered runs. Braun, Veatch and Vargas combined for six of the Bruins eight hits, and Parker and Apodaca each drove in a run.

What It Means:
The Bruins improve to 7-5 on the season and 3-3 in NWC play.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins and Lutes return to the field tomorrow for another doubleheader. Game one begins at 12 p.m. and game two is set to start at 2 p.m.