Mar 13, 2015

Catching Fire

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: Danny Cross and Ryan Lackey

PORTLAND, Ore. --- George Fox University used two five inning mercy-rule games to beat the Pioneers 13-2 and 11-3 in a Northwest Conference double-header, Friday afternoon.

Game 1

The Bruins broke out the bats in a big way on Friday afternoon, scoring 13 runs in the first two innings of their victory over the Lewis & Clark Pioneers, game one of a doubleheader. Runs were plentiful, and the Bruins capitalized: Amanda Woods had four RBIs to show for her 2-3 day, and Ashley Bunce and Annie Veatch both had three RBIs and a home run apiece.

The Bruins wasted no time, plating five runs in the first on harangued Pioneers starter Jill Pinder. Cleanup hitter Woods, batting with the bases loaded, guided a single up the middle to score Rebecca Pridmore and Courtney Howard. The next batter, Veatch, did Woods one better, dropping a three-run homer to make the score a quick 5-0.

The second inning proved even more disastrous for Lewis & Clark. Again up with the bases loaded, Woods began the scoring with another single to bring in Howard and Bunce. Hallie Knife relieved Pinder in the circle and promptly walked Veatch and Alex Parker to bring in another run. The score now 8-0, Kat Hylton lined a clean single to center to score two more, and Bunce concluded the circus with a towering home run center to extend the score to 13-0.

Lewis & Clark's lone bit of offense came in the bottom of the second, when Ateisha Norton caught hold of Abbie Bergerson's delivery and lined it over the fence for a two-run homer.

The score held at 13-2, though, and the game was called after five innings. Bergerson claimed the win to boost her impressive record to 6-1, while Amanda Woods, who completed two innings of relief, did enough to earn a most unusual save, her first on the year.

The high-flying Bruins stand at 12-3 on the season, 8-1 in Northwest Conference competition.

Game 2

George Fox continued its strong showing in game two, scoring 11 runs with eight of them coming in the second inning. The bats were efficient for the Bruins recording eight hits and 11 RBIs.

Veatch finished her strong outing at the plate going 2-3 with three RBIs. Hylton went a perfect 2-2, while Julia Apodaca and Bunce went 1-1.

Madison Sorensen got the nod in the circle in game two and pitched four innings, giving up just six hits and three runs. Bergerson came in to relieve Sorensen in the fifth and recorded her second save of the season.

The much improved Bruins improve to 13-3 on the season and will complete the four game series against the Pioneers tomorrow afternoon with another double-header.