May 04, 2010

SB: ALL-CONFERENCE - Bruin Rookies Klein and Chriss Receive All-NWC Accolades

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

2010 All-NWC Softball Teams


NEWBERG, Ore. – After outstanding rookie seasons, a pair of George Fox University freshmen, catcher Shelby Klein and third baseman Bethany Chriss, have received Second Team and honorable mention honors respectively for the 2010 All-Northwest Conference Softball Teams as voted on by the conference’s eight coaches.

Klein, who comes from Seattle, Wash., and Mt. Rainier High School, led the Bruins in batting average (.364) and doubles (9), tied for the team lead in hits (36), was second in slugging percentage (.515), and was third in RBIs (20) and total bases (51).  She also hit two home runs and scored 10 runs while striking out only eight times in 103 at bats.  A defensive standout, she threw out nine baserunners trying to steal and fielded .968, with only three errors in 95 total chances.

In conference statistics, Klein tied for seventh in the league in doubles and tied for second in runners caught stealing.  She was honorable mention for NWC Offensive / Fielding Student-Athlete of the Week for Apr. 19-25, the final week of the season, as she sparked the Bruins to a four-game winning streak to close out the year. 

Chriss, who hails from Bend, Ore., and Summit High School, topped the team in home runs (7), RBIs (33), total bases (64), and slugging percentage (.582), tied for the lead in hits (36), and was second in batting average (.327), runs (20), doubles (7), and on base percentage (.419) while tying for second in stolen bases (4).  She fielded .922, primarily at third, and also played some shortstop when the Bruins’ infield suffered several mid-season injuries. 

In conference stats, Chriss was the league leader in fielding assists (117) and ranked ninth in home runs.  She was named the NWC Offensive / Fielding Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 22-28. 

Klein and Chriss played instrumental roles in the Bruins’ significant improvement under second-year coach Jessica Hollen, going from a 5-32 record in 2009 to a 13-27 mark in 2010.  The team also improved from a 3-23 mark in conference play to 7-21 this spring.

Conference champion Linfield College captured all the top awards as Claire Velaski was named the Pitcher of the Year, Staci Doucette the Player of the Year, and Jackson Vaughan the Coach of the Year.