Mar 25, 2017

Bruins Split NWC Doubleheader With Pios

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 and Danny Cross

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team traveled to Portland to take on the Pioneers of Lewis & Clark Saturday, as the Bruins split the Northwest Conference doubleheader with the Pios. The Bruins won the first game, 4-2, but dropped game two, 4-0.

Game One:
The Bruins came out strong, earning a run in the first inning of play. Savannah Vargas hit a single to right field for the RBI, sending home Allison Meyer.  

Two runs from Lewis & Clark in the bottom of the second gave the Pioneers the lead, 2-1.

A single from Madelynn Vallejo set the Bruins up for another score in the bottom of the fourth. Meyer hit a single for the RBI, sending home Vallejo, who had advanced to third on a wild pitch and a single from Kimi Ito. The score by the Bruins evened the game at two.

The Bruins took the lead in the top of the sixth as a homer from Ito sent Barber, who had pinch ran for Alyssa Gonzales, home for the two RBI. The 4-2 lead held for the game.

Game Two:
The Pios were ready for vengeance in the second game, as they took an early 2-0 lead after the first inning of play. A pair of singles helped the Pios put two runners in scoring position, and Pioneer Emily Drevdahl singled through the right side to plate the first two runs of the game.

A two-run home run in the bottom of the third increased the Pios' lead, recording the final two runs of the game. The Bruins looked to answer in the fifth after both Kimi Ito and Madelynn Vallejo singled. Annie Veatch drew a walk, and suddenly the bases were loaded with one out on the scoreboard. A pair of fly outs ended the Bruins' chances, leaving all three runners stranded.

Top Performers:
Game One:
Ito led the Bruins in game one earning two RBIs on a home run, going three-for-four at the plate. Meyer and Vargas chipped in an RBI each as well. Madison Sorensen pitched a complete game for the Bruins, allowing six hits and fanning five batters. She improved her record to 8-2 on the season.

Game Two:
Ito continued her strong play in the second game, leading the Bruins with three hits. Abbie Bergerson was hit with the loss and is now 4-5 on the season.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 13-7 on the season and 9-5 in NWC play.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins host a four game series against the Whitworth Pirates Tuesday, March 28, with the first doubleheader starting at 12/2p.m.