Mar 10, 2018

Bruins Split Saturday With 'Cats

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 

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG  --- The No. 18 George Fox softball team hosted No. 21 Linfield in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader, winning game one and dropping game two, 6-3 and 5-3 (8 inn.), respectively.


Game One:

The Bruins managed to make it onto the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the second. Alyssa Gonzalez doubled to send Savannah Vargas home, giving George Fox an early lead against its Northwest Conference rivals.

The Wildcats returned fire in the top of the third, scratching across a pair of runs to take the narrow 2-1 lead.

Aaliyah Kautz tied it up for the Bruins in the bottom of the third, hitting a single up the middle to advance Julia Apodaca, 2-2.

Neither team was able to score until the top of the seventh inning when the Wildcats managed a run, taking a 3-2 lead.

The Bruins came up big time in the final inning. With runners on first and second, Annie Veatch hit a single to left field for the RBI, tying the game at three apiece. With the chance to win it, Kautz stepped up to the plate and hit a three-RBI walk-off home run, winning the game in a huge moment in front of the home fans.

Game Two:

The Wildcats responded in game two, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Similar to game one, neither team earned a single run until the final inning.

Finding themselves down three in the bottom of the seventh, the Bruins once again had the chance to win or tie the game. With runners on first and second and two strikes, Vargas hit a clutch three RBI home run right up the middle to tie the score at three apiece, sending the game into extra innings.

Linfield managed to scratch across a pair of runs in the top of the eighth, to which the Bruins were unable to respond as they dropped a nail-biter, 5-3.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Kautz played the hero in game one, going 2-4 at the plate for four RBI. Veatch and Gonzalez each pitched in an RBI of their own to round out the scoring for the Bruins. Madison Sorensen took the win on the mound, tallying six strikeouts while allowing only three runs. Sorensen is now 8-1 on the season.

Game Two:

Vargas gave the team the spark in game two with her three RBI homer.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in conference play after Saturday's doubleheader.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Linfield for games three and four of the series on Sunday. Game one of the day is set for 12:00 pm and game two is set for 2:30 pm.