Mar 24, 2015

Bruins Escape the Tornados

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: Ryan Lackey

AUSTIN, TEXAS --- It was another fantastic performance for the Bruin softball team Wednesday, as they continued their efforts in Texas, sweeping Concordia (Texas) in a double-header match-up 4-0 and 6-2.

Game 1

Concordia hemmed in the Bruins' offense for five innings on Tuesday afternoon, but the Bruin bats ultimately broke out, scoring four runs over the last two innings to take the game, 4-0. On the rubber, Bruins starter Abbie Bergerson had a masterful outing, throwing a complete-game two-hitter, striking out four.

Offensively, Ashley Bunce and Julia Apodaca both had 2-3 days, with Apodaca also chipping in two RBIs. Westrick also added two RBIs on her 1-4 performance.

To their credit, Concordia stymied the Bruins for most of the game. It wasn't until the sixth inning when the Bruins found a foothold: with Huber-Kantol and Kat Hylton aboard, Westrick stepped up and slashed a single up the middle, bringing in both.

Though Bergerson wouldn't need it, George Fox added insurance in the seventh. After Bunce, Veatch, and designated hitter Amanda Woods loaded the bases, Apodaca caught hold of a waist-high fastball and ripped it into the left-center gap, making the final score 4-0.

Bergerson deservedly took the win, her tenth this year.

The Bruins stand at 17-4 after the victory, with another game against Concordia slated for this afternoon.  

Game 2

Concordia has no answer for the strength of the Bruins lineup on Saturday afternoon. After taking the first game of the doubleheader 4-0, the Bruins claimed the nightcap, 6-2. The Bruins' first three hitters – Alex Parker, Courtney Howard, and Kayla Anderson – combined to go 7-12 with four RBIs and three runs scored. First baseman Annie Veatch went two for three, and Julia Apodaca also bagged two hits.

Bruins starter Amanda Woods notched her second win of the season, turning in a solid five innings, scattering two hits and three runs while fanning four. Madison Sorensen finished out the game, throwing two perfect innings to earn her third save.

The Bruins jumped on the board in the top of the second. With two on and two out, Alex Parker guided a single up the middle. Kat Hylton raced home with one run, and a throwing error let Apodaca come in, too. Courtney Howard then roped a single to left-center, scoring Parker, and came home herself on Anderson's liner to right to make the lead 4-0.

Concordia pulled two back in the bottom half of the inning. Again with two runners on and two outs, Huff sliced a Woods fastball to left for a double, and Anderson's throwing error let two runs in.

After the second, though, Woods reigned in Concordia, and the Bruins added single runs in the sixth and seventh on another error and an RBI single by Anderson.

The 6-2 final means the Bruins stand at 18-4 and 10-2 in conference play. George Fox plays another doubleheader tomorrow at Schreiner.