Apr 01, 2017

Bruins Split With Boxers 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 

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team hosted the Boxers of Pacific University Saturday, as the Bruins split with the Boxers in two close games.

Game One:

The Bruins were the first to get on the board after Kimi Ito reached first on an error. Annie Veatch rocked a ball down the left field line for a double, scoring Ito for the Bruins only run of the inning.

The Boxers were able to get one back in the third, and take a 2-1 lead in the fourth after another run.  

The Bruins couldn't seem to find a rhythm, as they left six runners stranded throughout the game and recorded three hits.

Boxers' starter Ashley Martin went all seven innings, allowing one run (unearned), three hits and recording four strikeouts.

Madison Sorensen also received the start for the Bruins, and pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts.

George Fox fell to the Boxers, 2-1.

Game Two:
In the second game, it was the Boxers who struck first with two runs in the opening inning. The Bruins did well to respond, scoring one run in the bottom half of the inning from a solo homer from Allison Meyer.

The Boxers grabbed another run in the top of the second off a pair of singles and a double.

Bruins' starter Abbie Bergerson was crucial in the Bruins comeback, as the junior allowed just six hits and recorded three strikeouts. She got herself out of two early jams in the first and second inning, leaving the bases loaded to keep damage to a minimum.

The Bruins' comeback came in the fourth inning when Rebecca Pridmore worked a walk at the plate. Kimi Ito was also patient at the plate earning a walk, and Allison Meyer reached on a fielder's choice, but an error was made to leave the bases juiced. Annie Veatch was then hit by a pitch and the Bruins cut the deficit to 3-1.

Tawny Becker delivered the go-ahead run with a two out single to left field, scoring both Meyer and Ito.

With the 4-3 lead after four innings of play, Bergerson locked in from the circle. She didn't allow a single hit the rest of the game, and the Bruins went on to beat the Boxers, 4-3.

Top Performers:
Game One:

Sorensen was able to give up just two runs and seven hits in her seven innings of play, but was unable to get run support. She is now 8-6 on the season.

Game Two:
Becker was the hero at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBIs. Becker was the only Bruin on the day to record at least two hits. Bergerson improved to 5-5 on the season and went all seven innings.

What It Means:
With the spit, the Bruins are now 14-12 on the season and 10-10 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will complete the NWC series against the Boxers Sunday, April 2, with first pitch at 12p.m.