Mar 30, 2017

Pirates Edge Bruins In NWC Series

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. --- It was another battle Thursday, as the George Fox softball team dropped the final two games of the Northwest Conference series to the Whitworth Pirates.

Game One:

The opening game of the day was a pitcher's duel, as Bruins' Madison Sorensen and Pirates' Madi Perez went back and forth for seven innings. The two combined for just seven hits on the day, as it was Perez who held the Bruins to just two hits.

The Pirates recorded the only run of the game in the top of the first, and fans settled in to watch the two pitchers go to work. The Pirates were able to get on the board after a two out single to left center by Michelle Silva produced the only RBI of the game.

The Bruins second hit of the game came in the fifth inning after Alyssa Gonzalez singled to left field. Tawny Becker drew a walk and the Bruins looked to be in business. Perez was able to get out of the jam with a fielder's choice to end the inning.

The Pirates held on to take the first game, 1-0.

Game Two:
The second game produced 28 hits from both teams, but was full of drama as extra innings were needed.

George Fox drew first blood in the bottom half of the opening inning after Kimi Ito kicked things off with a single through the right side. Annie Veatch hit a screamer down the left field line for a double, and Alex Parker singled up the middle to score Ito. Aaliyah Kautz hit a two out single, and the Bruins came away with a 2-0 lead.

The Pirates were able to chip away at the lead with a run in the third inning and sixth inning to force a 2-2 tie.

After a scoreless seventh inning, the Pirates strung together three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 5-2 lead. The Bruins were unable to mount a comeback, falling 5-2 in the final game of the NWC series.

Top Performers:
Game One:
Sorensen recorded five strikeouts in her seven innings of play, and tallied her eighth complete game of the season.

Game Two:
Ito, Veatch, Parker and Kautz all recorded two hits apiece. Abbie Bergerson went all eight innings and recorded two strikeouts.

What It Means:
The Bruins are now in fifth place in the NWC standings with an overall record of 13-11 and 9-9 in conference play.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to bounce back Saturday, April 1, against Pacific with game one starting at 12p.m.