Apr 08, 2017

Bruins Split With Bearcats 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: Shelby Byerly

By: Jake Bienvenue

SALEM, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team made the short trip to Salem Saturday to take on the Bearcats of Willamette in a Northwest Conference double-header, winning the first and dropping the second, 3-0 and 10-2, respectively.

Game One:
The teams were unable to get anything going at first, playing five scoreless innings.  

The slumbering Bruins woke up in a big way in the top of the sixth, exploding for three runs to take the advantage.

Allison Meyer began the action with a single to right center field, followed by a walk to first by Annie Veatch to advance Meyer to second. A ground ball from Alex Parker allowed Brooke Yasuda (pinch running for Veatch) and Meyer to advance to second and third, respectively. A beautiful home run through the center field from Roni Braun sent home Yasuda and Meyer to earn the three RBIs.

The Bruins finished game one on top, holding the Bearcats scoreless, as Madison Sorensen was in true form. 

Game Two:
The Bruins came out strong in game two with a pair of runs in the first inning. Meyer hit a double to left field followed by a huge home run by Veatch for the two RBIs. George Fox jumped out to an early lead, 2-0.

The Bearcats came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning to even the score.

George Fox had a hard time getting their offense going through the remainder of the game as they dropped game two, 10-2.

Top Performers:
Game One:
Braun led the Bruins to victory in game one with a three RBI homerun. Alyssa Gonzales had a perfect game at the plate with two hits in two at-bats. Sorensen was spectacular in the cirlce for the Bruins, as the junior pitched a complete game shutout with just one hit allowed. She also tallied five strikeouts. 

Game Two:
Veatch led the Bruin offense in game two with a homerun and two RBI. She was also effective at the plate, going two for three.

What It Means:
The Bruins move to 17-13 on the season and 13-11 in conference play.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins finish the four-game series against Willamette Sunday with two games set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.