Mar 04, 2018

Bruins Split Sunday Against Top Ranked Teams

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

TUSCON, Ariz. --- The No. 22 George Fox softball team finished off the NFCA Leadoff Classic Sunday with a win against No. 5 Illinois Wesleyan and a loss to No. 2 St. John Fisher. 

Recap:

Game One:

Annie Veatch kicked off the first game with a bang, hitting a homer in the top of the first inning to give the Bruins an early lead.

The Bruins scratched across another run in the top of the second as Alyssa Gonzalez hit a single to right center field for the RBI, 2-0.

George Fox kept the pressure on Illinois Wesleyan, scoring another two runs in the top of the fourth. With runners on second and third, Roni Braun doubled down the left field line for the two RBI, sending home Aaliyah Kautz and Savannah Vargas.

Illinois Wesleyan crept back into the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and a run in the bottom of the seventh to set itself up to snatch the win. They were unable to score the game-tying run, however, as Madison Sorensen shut them down to record the save.  

Recap:

Game Two:

St. John Fisher struck first with a run in the top of the second and two in the top of the third, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead. The Cardinals kept it up, managing to scratch across an additional four runs in the top of the fifth.

The Bruins responded in the bottom of the fifth as Roni Braun stepped up to the plate and hit a home run, setting the score at 7-1.

Neither team was able to score through the final two innings as George Fox dropped a tough one.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Braun paced the team with two RBI, while Veatch came up big with a home run as well. Abbie Bergerson won the battle on the mound, pitching five innings to help the Bruins to victory and a win for herself.

Game Two:

Braun led the offense with a huge home run. Madison Sorensen also played well on the mound, tallying an impressive nine strikeouts.

What It Means:

The Bruins finished their time in Arizona with an impressive record of 4-2. They move to 11-3 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host conference-rival Linfield on Saturday at 12:00 pm.