Mar 31, 2018

Bruins Set A Program Record With Their 14th Consecutive Win

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. 11-ranked George Fox softball team hosted Puget Sound in games three and four of its Northwest Conference series on Saturday, earning the sweep as they won game one 9-0 and game two 9-1.

Recap:

Game One:

The Bruins exploded for four RBIs in the bottom of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Kimi Ito smashed a grand slam out of left field to spark George Fox to an early 4-0 lead.

The onslaught did not stop there. Allison Meyer stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the second inning and hit a home run to keep it going for the Bruins. The Bruins scratched another run across in the second inning as Roni Braun hit a single to right-center field, allowing Rebecca Pridmore to reach home.

The Bruins scored another pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning to put them up by eight. With runners on first and second, Savannah Vargas hit a two-RBI double to left center field, 8-0.

George Fox struck once more in the bottom of the fourth as Ito managed to reach home on a fielding error by the shortstop, 9-0.

The Loggers could not get anything going in game one as the mercy rule went into play, 9-0.

Game Two:

Puget Sound struck first in game two, scratching a run across in the top of the first to jump out the early lead.

The Bruins responded with a run in the bottom of the first to tie it up. Vargas started it off with a double to left field, then Annie Veatch walked to first. Alyssa Gonzalez hit a single to left center field for the RBI, sending home Vargas.

George Fox kept it up in the bottom of the second, scratching across another run to take the lead. Alex Parker was hit by the pitcher then stole second, then advanced to third on a throwing error. Pridmore singled to left field to allow Parker to reach home, 2-1.

The Bruins dominated in the bottom of the third, scoring a whopping five runs to jump out to a big lead. With the bases loaded, Aaliyah Kautz hit a grand slam out of left-center field to clear the bases. Meyer stepped up to the plate and hit her second home run of the day, making it five for the Bruins in the third inning.

The home team kept rolling in the bottom of the fourth, scratching across a pair of runs to set the score at 9-1. With runners on second and third, Gonzalez popped up a sac fly to allow Vargas to score. Ito stepped up to the plate and singled to left center field, allowing Veatch to reach home.

The Loggers were unable to score as the mercy rule once again went into play, 9-1.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Ito got it done in game one, hitting a huge grand slam to go along with one additional run later in the game. Vargas contributed two RBIs, and Meyer hit a home run to help push the Bruins to victory.  Madison Sorensen continued her stellar play as the George Fox pitching ace, throwing seven strikeouts in four innings pitched while allowing only a single hit.

Game Two:

Kautz paced the team in game two with her grand slam, which was the Bruins' second of the day. Gonzalez played well also, going 2-2 at the plate with two RBIs.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 18-2 in conference play and 27-5 overall. The Bruins hold sole possession for first place in the NWC standings and are one game away from tying the program record for conference wins in a season. Head coach Jessica Hollen also hit a milestone on the day, as the skipper recorded her 200th win in the first game of today's action.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins take on Pacific Lutheran on the road on Saturday, with game one set for 12:00 pm and game two set for 2:00 pm.