Apr 25, 2018

Bruins Record Two Top Honors and Eight All-NWC Selections

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
 

HILLSBORO --- The George Fox softball team had nine student-athletes named to the 2018 All-Northwest Conference Softball Team, while Madison Sorensen was named Pitcher of the Year and Jessica Hollen was named Coach of the Year.

2018 All-NWC Team

Sorensen becomes the first NWC Pitcher of the Year and the first unanimous first-team selection in the program's history. Hollen grabs her third NWC Coach of the Year honor in her 10th season at the helm. She was previously named in the 2012 and 2015 seasons. Hollen also recorded her 200th win this season and holds an overall record of 209-202.

Sorensen, Alyssa Gonzalez, Aaliyah Kautz and Roni Braun were named All-NWC first-team, Abbie Bergerson, Annie Veatch, Rebecca Pridmore and Savannah Vargas were named All-NWC second-team and Allison Meyer earned an All-NWC honorable mention.

Sorensen, a senior pitcher from Woodland, Washington, earns her third All-NWC honor and her second straight All-NWC first-team selection. Sorensen earned NWC Pitcher of the Year after leading the Bruins and the conference in ERA (1.71), wins (22), strikeouts (155) and tied for first in saves (3). She is also tied for 12th in the nation in strikeouts and third in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (12.82). She concluded the regular season as the career record holder in career wins, career saves, career appearances, and career strikeouts. She broke the program record in NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors in a single-season with seven.

Gonzalez, a junior catcher from Livermore, California, records her first All-NWC honor as a first-team selection. Gonzalez played all 44 games for the Bruins behind the plate and was second in the conference in runners caught stealing (10). At the plate, she was eighth in the conference in doubles (11), sixth in walks (20), ninth in RBI's (35). In conference-only stats, she was fourth in on-base percentage (.528) and fifth in batting average (.438) and slugging percentage (.699).

Kautz, a sophomore second baseman from Lacey, Washington, earns her first honor as an All-NWC first-team member. Kautz played all 44 games for the Bruins at second base and led the conference in at-bats (146). In conference-only stats, she was third in RBIs (29), seventh in home runs (4) and tied for eighth in triples (1).

Braun, a sophomore outfielder from Centralia, Washington, earns her first honor as an All-NWC first-team selection. Braun was a monster at the plate for the Bruins this season, recording the third best batting average (.449) and slugging percentage (.854). She was second in hits (4) and home runs (9), fifth in runs scored (27) and ninth in doubles (7).

Bergerson, a senior pitcher from Gresham, Oregon, earns her second honor as a second-team All-NWC selection. She was second in the conference in ERA (2.58), third in shutouts (2), fifth in wins (9) and ninth in complete games (6). She holds the school record in games started, is second all-time in career wins, appearances shutouts and innings pitched.

Veatch, a senior first baseman from Hood River, Oregon, receives her fourth straight All-NWC honor. Veatch played in all 44 games for the Bruins at first base and helped the team rank as one of the best in home runs. She was third in the conference in home runs (7), fifth in walks (15) and ninth in RBIs (24). She holds the school record in career home runs and second all-time in doubles.

Pridmore, a senior shortstop from Modesto, California, earns her first All-NWC honor as a second-team selection. Pridmore was dazzling for the Bruins at short, playing in all 44 games for the Bruins. She led the conference in walks (18) and plate appearances (112), was second in runs scored (32) and fourth in stolen bases (13). She recorded a .466 on-base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage. 

Vargas, a sophomore third baseman from Gustine, California, earns her first honor as an Al-NWC second-team selection. Vargas started all 44 games for the Bruins and ranks third in the conference in doubles with eight. She was fourth in the conference in runs scored (29), second in walks (17) and seventh in home runs (4). She also finished inside the top-15 in the conference in on-base percentage (.469) and slugging percentage (.584).

Meyer, a sophomore outfielder from Minden, Nevada, earns her first honor as an honorable mention on the All-NWC team. Meyer leads the conference in overall home runs (15) and conference home runs (12), while being tied for second in the nation in home runs. She ranks as third in the conference in RBIs (29) and second in slugging percentage (.855).

The No. 15-ranked Bruins find out their fate for the NCAA Division III Regionals Monday, May 7 at 10 am.