May 11, 2018

Bruins Drop Game One in NCAA Regional

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 Alex Plusquellec

The No. 12 George Fox softball team kicked off the NCAA Tournament with a showdown against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the McMinnville Regional, falling to the Athenas 6-3.

Recap

The Bruins were unable to overcome a big first inning by CMS as they spent the afternoon fighting an uphill battle. The Athenas put up four runs on five hits in the top of the first inning, scoring on three singles. Rebecca Pridmore reached first base after being hit by a pitch to start the home half of the first, but any rally that was to be was shut down after CMS rolled a double play to quickly swing the momentum.

In the bottom of the second, Alyssa Gonzalez roped a double to right field, the first of her three hits on the day. With one out and a runner in scoring position, the Bruins were unable to put a dent in the Athenas' 4-0 lead. In the ensuing inning, Pridmore drove a ball to the gap in right center for a double, but again the Bruins were unable to cash in.

CMS tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning to extend their lead to 5-0 thanks to an error in the infield by the Bruins. Needing to rally, the Bruins responded with two outs in the bottom half of the fourth when Aaliyah Kautz's single scored Kimi Ito and Gonzalez.

The two-run fourth left the Bruins trailing 5-2 entering the fifth inning.

The Athenas widened the gap yet again in the top half of the fifth when Carly Roleder blasted a solo home run to dead center.

Fastforwarding to the bottom of the sixth inning, Gonzalez knocked her second double of the afternoon to right center and with one out the Bruins looked poised to make things interesting. Ito followed the Gonzalez double with a single to left, setting up runners on first and third. After Kautz lined out to second, Alex Parker's RBI single cut the deficit to 6-3.

After getting the three outs needed in the top of the seventh, the Bruins brought up the top of their lineup looking for some late magic but were unable to muster a baserunner.

CMS held on to take the 6-3 victory.

Top Performers

Gonzalez went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate and scored twice for the Bruins, who winded up leaving six runners on base. Kautz's tallied a team-high two RBIs on the day while Parker was responsible for driving in one. Madison Sorenson struck out four in her complete game.

What It Means

The Bruins drop the opening game of the McMinnville regional.

What Comes Next

Facing elimination, the Bruins will return to action on Saturday as they face NWC rival and host Linfield. The Bruins and 'Cats are set to begin play at 4 p.m.