Feb 28, 2015

Slow Start Ends With Broomsticks

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: Riley Bushnell

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The Bruin softball team won both games of their doubleheader this weekend, squeaking past the Lutes of Pacific Lutheran University the first game 3-1, then 10-run ruling them the second game 15-5, ending in a sweep.

Game 1

 It wasn't all smooth sailing for the bats this afternoon, though. George Fox trailed much of the first game after Thalen Masada from the Lutes hit a sacrifice fly out to left field in the third inning. PLU would maintain this 1-0 lead until the bats came alive in the sixth inning.

The bases were loaded in the sixth inning when a passed ball by PLU pitcher Marissa Miller allowed the tying run to score with all bases advancing. In the same at-bat, Kat Hylton would hit a sacrifice fly out left field, giving the Bruins the lead. Two at bats later, pinch hitter Annie Veatch would come in to hit an RBI single to left, scoring DH Megan Furtado.

Freshman Abbie Bergeson would close out the seventh inning in a five-hit, one run outing. This is Abbie's fourth win this season, now 4-0.

Game 2

The heavy hitting Bruins would sustain their focus of that sixth inning the entire second game. After PLU scored in the top of the first, a home run by Kayla Anderson tied up the score and from then on, it was a slugfest.

PLU would put up even more numbers in the top of the second, scoring four runs and three off of a Jessica Wallace home run. However, the Bruins had more tricks up their sleeves.

To put into perspective how dominating the Bruins were this second inning, the whole team would get to hit that inning before there were two outs. The inning began with a hit-by-pitch on Megan Furtado and the next at bat would result in an Annie Veatch two-run bomb. After a minor foul out to third base the next play, George Fox would reach base six straight times, inflating the score to 8-5.

After a scoreless third inning from both squads, George Fox would muster another seven run inning in the bottom of the fourth. Three straight singles by Rebecca Pridmore, Courtney Howard and Kayla Anderson in this inning all but sealed the deal for the Bruins and after an Alex Parker walk with the bases loaded, the Bruins were up 15-5.

The Bruins would go on to mercy rule the Lutes after being up by ten runs in a scoreless top of the fifth for PLU.

George Fox will host Puget Sound in a double-header conference match-up tomorrow at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.