Mar 11, 2018

Bruins Split NWC Series With 'Cats

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

NEWBERG --- The No. 18 George Fox softball team hosted the No. 21 Linfield Wildcats for games three and four of the Northwest Conference series Sunday, winning the first game, 9-3, but falling 4-1 in the final game.

Recap:

Game One:

The Bruins came out hot in the bottom of the first. Rebecca Pridmore got it going with a triple to right field, immediately followed by a home run by Alex Parker for the two RBI. George Fox scratched another run across to take the early 3-0 lead.

After four scoreless innings, the Wildcats responded with three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game.

Kimi Ito began a huge inning for the Bruins with a double to right center field. Roni Braun stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI triple, advancing Ito to home plate. Savannah Vargas singled through the left side to send home Braun. With the bases loaded, Parker reached first on a fielder's choice, then advanced to second to push home another pair of runners. Annie Veatch singled up the middle, two RBI, sending home Parker and Pridmore to complete a massive six-run inning for George Fox.

The Wildcats were unable to respond to the onslaught as the Bruins took game three, 9-3.

Game Two:

Braun kept up her prowess at the plate in game two, hitting a home run in the bottom of the second to give the Bruins the early lead.

The Wildcats responded with runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 2-1 lead.

The Bruins were unable to respond, splitting the series with the game two loss, 4-1.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Veatch, Parker, and Braun all contributed two RBIs to the Bruins' scoring effort. Madison Sorensen had a monster day on the mound, earning the win with eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched while only allowing three runs.

Game Two:

Braun's homer paced the Bruins in game two.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 13-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play after going 2-2 with Linfield.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will make the short trek to Forest Grove on Saturday to take on Pacific (Ore.). Game one is set for 12:00 pm and game two is set for 2:00 pm.