May 16, 2018

Four Bruins Named on NFCA All-Region Team

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
 

LOUISVILLE --- Roni Braun, Madison Sorensen, Alyssa Gonzalez and Annie Veatch will represent the George Fox softball team on the 2018 NCAA Division III All-Region Team, as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

The NFCA made its announcement Wednesday with 360 players chosen on the coveted 2018 NFCA Division III All-Region softball teams. George Fox was one of eight other teams to put four players on the list. Five schools placed the maximum amount of six players on their respective All-Region teams.

The All-Region players are nominated and selected by NFCA member coaches in each of the eight NCAA Div. III regions. First-team All-Region choices are eligible for selections to the NFCA All-America team, which will be announced the evening of May 23 online at NFCA.org and in person at the NCAA Div. III Championship banquet in Oklahoma City.

This marks the most All-Region athletes the Bruins have recorded and the second time in the program's history the Bruins have had athletes named to the list. Amanda Woods and Kayla Anderson became the first Bruins to earn a spot on the list in the 2015 season as a pair of second-team selections.

Braun becomes the first-ever Bruin to be selected as a first-team selection and is now in the running for an NFCA All-America honor. Sorensen received a second-team honor, while Gonzalez and Veatch both grabbed a third-team nod.

Braun, a sophomore outfielder from Centralia, Washington, was recently named first-team All-Northwest Conference. She had a monster season for the Bruins, hitting .385 at the plate, a team-best 52 hits, 38 RBIs, 12 home runs, 36 runs scored and eight doubles.

Sorensen, a senior pitcher from Woodland, Washington, adds another honor to her fantastic senior season after grabbing her third straight All-NWC honor and the Bruins' first-ever NWC Pitcher of the Year award. She led the conference in ERA (1.71), wins (22) and strikeouts (155). She was tied for 12th in the nation in strikeouts and third in the nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (12.82). She holds career records at George Fox in wins, saves, appearances and strikeouts.

Gonzalez, a junior catcher from Livermore, California, was named first-team All-NWC after a terrific year behind the plate. She played in all 46 games for the Bruins behind the dish and led the Bruins in batting average (.392). She recorded 49 hits, 35 RBIs, 13 doubles and five home runs.

Veatch, a senior first baseman from Hood River, Oregon, recorded her fourth straight All-NWC honor to go along with her first-ever All-Region award. She helped the Bruins rank as one of the best home run hitting teams with 12 on the season. She hit .319 at the plate, recorded 46 hits and seven doubles. She holds the school record in career home runs and is second all-time in doubles.

George Fox finished its season with a program-best 35 wins and its fifth straight winning season.