- 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
A Winning Tradition
NEWBERG, Ore. – With a Northwest Conference softball doubleheader sweep of the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers Sunday afternoon here at Morse Field, 3-2 in the first game and 10-6 in the second, the George Fox University Bruins stretched their season-ending winning streak to four in a row, their longest of the season.
George Fox had to rely on some late clutch hitting to pull out the opening win after the Pioneers broke up a scoreless duel between the Bruins’ Erin Lee (9-12) and their own Paige McFeeley (1-13) with two unearned runs in the 5th inning. Jet’aime Mullins doubled to start the frame and scored on an error at short on Jaimie Moon’s grounder. Moon then stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on Caroline DeVincenzi’s sacrifice fly to left.
The Bruins rallied in the last of the 6th as Serena Lee led off with a double and scored on Shelby Klein’s two-out double. Shelby Briske followed with a two-run blast to center, her sixth of the season, for a 3-2 lead. In the L&C 7th, Moon led off with a single and reached third on two ground outs, but Jessica Mullins bounced out to third to end the game.
Lee went the distance for the Bruins to notch the win, scattering nine hits. McFeeley allowed five hits in the loss, striking out three and walking one. Klein had two hits for the Bruins, while Moon had three hits and Jessica Mullins two for the Pios.
George Fox jumped to a big early lead in the nightcap and had to hold off a late comeback attempt by the visitors. The Bruins got going in the 1st when Serena Lee was hit by a pitch and Bethany Chriss slugged her seventh home run of the season to center. Taylor Whitmore doubled in two more runs and Erin Lee added an RBI single to further add to a five-run inning.
Chriss doubled and came in on a passed ball in the 2nd, and the Bruins added three unearned runs in the 3rd. Amy Peterson scored the first run on a throwing error by the pitcher, and Chriss and Klein added RBI doubles later in the inning. Serena Lee’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 4th scored Becka Doyle with the Bruins’ final run.
Lewis & Clark got its first run in the 3rd on doubles by Kristen Breninger and Moon, and two more in the 4th on RBI singles by Sara Standish and Jet’aime Mullins. In the 6th, Michaela Satter and McFeeley singled, and Satter scored on an error at second, cutting the deficit to 10-4. Moon walked to load the bases, bringing on Erin Lee in relief of Bruin starter Whitmore (4-15).
Lee surrendered a two-run single to DeVincenzi and Jessica Mullins reached on an error at third to again fill the sacks, but Lee got Danielle Blechert to ground out to short. She then retired the side in order in the 7th for her first save.
Whitmore worked 5.1 innings for the win, spacing seven hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Breninger (1-10) suffered the setback for the Pios, allowing 12 hit and 10 runs, six earned, in 4.0 innings.
Chriss and Klein each went 3-for-4 for the Bruins, Chriss scoring three times and driving in three with two doubles and a home run, despite having five stitches in her leg from an emergency room visit after being spiked on a steal attempt in Saturday’s first game at Lewis & Clark. Briske and Whitmore had two hits apiece in the Bruins’ 14-hit attack.
Erin Lee, the Bruins’ only senior playing her final games for George Fox, was honored before the first game of the doubleheader for her fine four-year career.
George Fox ends its season 13-27 overall and 7-21 in the conference, finishing seventh. The Bruins won eight more games in head coach Jessica Hollen’s second season than they did in her first year with the program, when they were 5-32. Lewis & Clark concludes its season 3-36 overall and 0-28 in league play, finishing eighth.