Mar 02, 2018

Bruins Run The Table On Day One of the NFCA Leadoff Classic

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
 

By: Jake Bienvenue & Danny Cross

TUSCON, Ariz. --- The No. 22-ranked George Fox softball team traveled to Arizona Friday for the NFCA Leadoff Classic, and the Bruins opened up the first day with a 10-2 (5 inn.) victory over No. 20 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a 9-5 victory over DePauw.

Game One:

Recap:

The Bruins struck first with a run in the second inning. With the bases stacked, Madelynn Vallejo hit a single to center field to send Savannah Vargas home and give George Fox an early lead, 1-0.

The Bruins kept their foot on the gas pedal in the bottom of the third, exploding for a huge nine-run inning. With runners on second and third, Alyssa Gonzalez hit a single for the RBI. Vargas stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI double, immediately followed by Kimi Ito hitting a two-RBI double to pile on the scoring.

After another RBI from Rebecca Pridmore, Alex Parker hit a two-RBI double to send home Vallejo and Roni Braun. One more run from the Bruins capped the huge inning off at nine runs, eight hits, with only one left on base, leading to a huge 10-0 lead.

The Titans scratched a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the huge deficit as the Bruins took the win, 10-2.

Game Two:

Recap:

The Bruins were matched up against the DePauw Tigers in the second game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Tigers were the first to strike, putting up two runs in the bottom of the first. George Fox responded in the third inning after Rebecca Pridmore hit a one-out single through the left side. Alex Parker drew a walk on the next at-bat, and Annie Veatch drove in one run with a single of her own to cut the lead to 2-1. With two outs on the board, the Bruins were able to squeeze in another run after a Gonzalez walk and two wild pitches brought home Rachel LaRont, who pinch ran for Veatch.

After the score was tied at 2-2, the Bruins did well to keep the momentum going in the top of the fourth. Roni Braun got on base by way of a walk, and then stole second on the next at-bat. Pridmore came up big again, this time hitting a single through the right side to score Braun. The Bruins ended the top of the fourth with a 3-2 lead.

George Fox put up another two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 5-2 lead, but the Tigers answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs to tie the game up at 5-5.

The Bruins weren't worried, though, as the scored one in the sixth and three in the seventh to close out the second game, 9-5.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Ito and Vargas paced the Bruins tonight, each tallying two RBI. Madison Sorensen took the win on the mound tonight, tallying a whopping 10 strikeouts in only four and two-thirds inning pitched.

Game Two:

Veatch and Pridmore went 3-5 at the plate in the game to lead the Bruins. Ito went 3-4 with three RBIs. Sorensen picked up her sixth win of the season and now stands at 6-0. 

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 9-1 on the season. 

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will face No. 18 Messiah in game one and No. 11 Christopher Newport in game two, Saturday.