Apr 15, 2017

Bruins Secure Spot in NWC Tournament With Split Against Pios

A Winning Tradition

  • Two NCAA Regional Tournament Appearances (2016, 2018)
  • Five Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Six NFCA All-West Region Athletes (One first-team, three second-team, two third-team) 
  • 4 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 1 (NFCA) Division III National Pitcher of the Week (Abbie Bergerson, 2015)
  • Two National Top-25 Rankings (2016, 2018)
  • One NAIA Regional Tournament (1994)
  • One NAIA District Championship (1994)
  • One Cascade Conference Championship (1994)
  • 1 NAIA District Coach of the Year

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan 

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team hosted Lewis & Clark Saturday for the last two regular-season games of the year, winning game one 3-0 and losing game two 10-3.

Game One:
After four scoreless innings the Bruins announced their presence with a homerun. Roni Braun cracked the ball out of left field for the RBI, giving George Fox the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth. 

The Bruins came right back with another two runs in the bottom of the sixth. After Kimi Ito walked to first, Annie Veatch hit a homerun to center field for the two RBIs, giving the Bruins the 3-0 lead, which held for the game as the Pios were unable to score.

Madison Sorensen was the main reason for the shutout, as the junior pitcher was in fine form in the circle. Sorensen pitched a complete game, allowing just five hits and six strikeouts.

Game Two:
The Pios came back from the loss in game one with a quick run in the top of the second and five runs in the top of the third to jump out to an early lead.

Down 6-0, the Bruins managed to get on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Veatch continued her hot play with a homerun to narrow the lead.

Tristan Cozo came on for the Bruins in the bottom of the fifth with a two RBI double, scoring Alex Parker and Ashley Bunce. It wasn't enough as George Fox dropped game two to their tough opponent.

Top Performers:
Game One:
Veatch led the Bruins in game one with two RBI on a homerun; Braun hit a homerun as well to complete the winning effort for George Fox. Sorensen improved her record to 12-6 in the circle.

Game Two:
Cozo had a solid game two, going two for four at the plate with two RBIs. Veatch finished with her second homerun in as many games.

What It Means:
The Bruins finish the season with a record of 19-15 overall and 15-13 in conference play after Saturday's double-header.

What's Next:
The Bruins have secured the fourth seed in the NWC Tournament and will take on No. 1 seed Whitworth Friday, April 21, at 12p.m. The Tournament will be hosted by Whitworth.