Apr 09, 2018

Bruins Split With Lutes

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

TACOMA --- The No. 10-ranked George Fox softball team traveled to Tacoma for a Northwest Conference doubleheader against Pacific Lutheran Monday, winning game one 5-0 and losing game two 1-0.


Game One:

The Bruins struck first, finding their way onto the scoreboard in the top of the third. Rebecca Pridmore got it going by walking to first, stealing to second, and then advancing to third on a passed ball. Annie Veatch stepped up to the plate and grounded out to second base, allowing Pridmore to reach home.

George Fox held a narrow 1-0 lead until their offense began to click in the top of the seventh inning. They scratched across four runs to create some distance between themselves and the Lutes.

Aaliyah Kautz got it going with a double to right field, which was followed by a single from Alex Parker that allowed Kautz to score. With runners on first and second, Savannah Vargas hit a clutch home run to left field, giving the Bruins three additional runs. They held a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

The Lutes were unable to respond as the Bruins took game one, 5-0.

Game Two:

Both teams struggled at the plate in game two, remaining scoreless through six innings.

The Bruins were unable to capitalize in the top of the seventh, and Pacific Lutheran took the game with a heartbreaking walk-off hit.

George Fox dropped a close one, 1-0.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Vargas led the Bruins in RBIs, tallying three from her home run. Veatch and Meyer each batted home a runner as well, rounding out the scoring effort. Madison Sorensen was a force to be reckoned with on the mound, not letting up a single run while throwing eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched.

Game Two:

The Bruins' pair of aces played well, as Abbie Bergerson held the Lutes scoreless in five innings and Sorensen threw three strikeouts in only one inning.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 19-3 in conference play after splitting Monday's games. The Bruins are now tied with Linfield in the NWC standings. 

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Willamette in a conference doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is set for 12:00pm and game two is set for 2:30pm.