Mar 25, 2015

The Texas Two Step

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

KERRVILLE, Texas --- The Bruins cruised to a 5-0 win over Schreiner in the first game and clawed their way to a 6-5 victory in game two to sweep Schreiner University in a double-header, Wednesday afternoon.

Game 1

Strong offensive days from Kat Hylton, who went 2-4 with two RBIs, and Amanda Woods, who had a 3-4 day, powered the Bruins offensively, and Madison Sorensen threw six innings of three-hit ball to earn the victory.

Catcher Courtney Howard contributed a run and an RBI with her 1-4 day, as did Julia Apodaca. Melissa Charron closed out the game, throwing a perfect inning of relief.

From the Bruins' perspective, the game was supremely comfortable. George Fox got on the board in the third: Kayla Anderson doubled, Woods slapped a single, and Annie Veatch waited out a walk to load the bases for Hylton. She didn't disappoint, roping a single that brought in two runs.

Enjoying a 2-0 lead, the Bruins kept rolling in the fourth. With Rebecca Pridmore on third after a single and some good base running, Howard launched a double that let Pridmore trot home. Woods then sliced a base hit that scored Howard and made the score 4-0.

The Bruins scored once more in the fifth. Ashley Bunce lined a ball deep into the outfield and wheeled around to third with a triple, and a Schreiner error allowed her to race home with the Bruins' fifth run.

The five-run lead was more than enough for Sorensen, who was in top form, striking out four Schreiner batters and keeping hitters off-balance.

The win means the Bruins stand at 19-4 as they head into the second game of the day.

Game 2

After coasting to a breezy 5-0 victory in game one, the Bruins had to fight and claw for their 6-5 victory in the second game Wednesday, pushed to the end by a scrappy Schreiner squad. Shortstop Kayla Anderson emerged as the Bruins' catalyst offensively: she went 2-4, scored twice, and knocked in three runs. Annie Veatch roped three hits and found an RBI. Starting pitcher Amanda Woods, despite a subpar performance on the rubber, did well at the plate, going 1-3 with a run batted in.

After Woods was knocked out of the box in the third, reliever Abbie Bergerson came on and threw four-and-a-third innings, giving up just two hits and eliminating any chance at a late Schreiner comeback.

Both teams began quickly at the plate. In the top of the first, the Bruins managed three runs off of Jessica Vrana. Two Schreiner errors to begin the game meant two runners on base for Anderson, who clubbed a double into the gap for two RBIs. After another error, Veatch's single meant the Bruins carried a 3-0 lead after the first half-inning.

Schreiner, though, scored three of its own in the first on two doubles from Sydney Christopher and Vrana. In the third, Schreiner took the lead for the first time all day. With two on and two out, Howard's error let in one run, and Vrana's double gave Schreiner a 5-3 lead.

George Fox battled back. Howard doubled to lead off the fifth and immediately scored on Anderson's horizon-busting triple. Woods's towering sacrifice fly then scored Anderson to knot the game at 5-5.

Rebecca Pridmore tripled to begin the sixth, and she came around to score what proved to be the winning run on Alex Parker's RBI single. Bergerson made sure the lead stood, and the Bruins carried the day, 6-5.

Two victories on Wednesday lets the Bruins bring a 20-4 record to Saturday's showdown with Willamette.