Mar 28, 2017

Pirates Sneak By Bruins in Doubleheader

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 

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team came up just short in Tuesday's Northwest Conference doubleheader against the Pirates of Whitworth University, dropping both games, 1-0, 7-6.

Game One:

It was a tightly contested first game of the NWC series, as both teams combined for just five hits on the day.

Bruins' starter Madison Sorensen and Pirates' starter Madi Perez were both near perfect in the circle. Fans watched as both pitchers put on a clinic, keeping batters guessing each time they stepped into the batting box. Sorensen allowed just two hits on the day, while Perez gave up three.

The Pirates were able to breakthrough in the third inning after a hit by pitch put Logan Miller on first. Kinsey McNaught reached on a throwing error, and suddenly the Pirates were in great shape with runners on third and second. With one out on the scoreboard, a wild pitch relinquished the only run of the contest.

The Bruins left three runners stranded in the seven innings of play.

Game Two:
The bats came to play in the second game, as both teams combined for 16 hits and 13 runs.

Whitworth was first to score, as the away team scored three runs in the top of the third. The Bruins answered in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of their own. Allison Meyer smashed a ball over the left field fence to record two RBIs, and put the Bruins down one, 3-2.

Abbie Bergerson kept the Bearcats off the board in the fourth and fifth inning before Sorensen came in to replace the starter.

Before Sorensen made her appearance, the Bruins exploded in the fifth inning with three runs. Kimi Ito doubled to left center and Meyer traded places with her teammate, bringing home Ito with a double to left center. Annie Veatch struck in the next at bat, as the junior homered to give the Bruins a 5-3 lead.

The Pirates managed to score one in the sixth, but the Bruins answered right back with a run of their own.

The seventh inning was all Whitworth, as the Pirates rallied to score three runs and take the game 7-6.

Top Performers:
Game One:

Sorensen gave up just two hits in her seven innings of work and struck out eight batters. The eight strikeouts marks her season-high on the year.

Game Two:
Meyer went 2-4 at the plate with two runs scored and three RBIs. Bergerson pitched 5.0 innings, while Sorensen came in and pitched the final two.

What It Means:
The Bruins now stand at 13-9 on the season and 9-7 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will host the Pirates in Forest Grove at Pacific (Ore.) University Wednesday, March 29, with the first game starting at 4p.m. and the second at 6:15p.m.