Mar 29, 2015

'Cats Get the Broom

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The Linfield Wildcats came to George Fox on Sunday with high hopes, boasting a 17-5 record, but they left considerably less enthused. In the first game, the Bruins leapt all over Wildcats starter Montana McNealy, knocking her out of the box in the second. In fact, the Bruins scored all ten of their runs in the second, en-route to a thumping 10-2 victory.

This was the first time since March 10, 2001 that the Bruins swept the Wildcats in a double-header. This is also the first time in program history that the Bruins have been ranked nationally in the NFCA Top 25 poll. 

Game 1

Abbie Bergerson, who enjoyed considerable offensive support, threw five innings for her complete-game win, giving up just two runs.

Rebecca Pridmore stood out for the Bruins, driving in two runs and scoring one as part of her 2-3 day. Amanda Woods, Annie Veatch, and Kat Hylton – the Bruins' 4-5-6 – all drove in a run. Three Bruins -- Kayla Anderson, Veatch, and Hylton – worked two walks.

The second inning was characterized by Linfield mistakes. Veatch and Hylton walked to catalyze the inning, and the first run came in on Ashley Bunce's misplayed grounder. Furtado singled in the next, and she would later score on a passed ball.

Four runs scored for the Bruins on a fielder's choice and three consecutive walks, all surrendered by Linfield reliever Brooke Chapman, who was hurriedly pulled.

Pridmore finished off the ten-run outburst with a lined, two-RBI single. Incredibly, the Bruins scored just three runs off of actual base hits all game.

Understandably deflated, Linfield looked limp and unhurried for the rest of the game, managing just two runs in the fifth on a pair of doubles.

The Bruins are at 22-5, entering the second game.

Game 2 

Megan Furtado only got one at-bat in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, but one was all she needed. With her Bruins trailing by a run in the seventh, after trouncing Linfield 10-2 in game one, Furtado stepped up to pinch-hit with Amanda Woods on second and Kayla Anderson on third. Linfield reliever Montana McNealy delivered, and Furtado laced a double into the left-center gap, letting Woods and Anderson saunter home to give the Bruins the 6-5 victory and their first doubleheader-sweep against Linfield in years.

Furtado, the heroine of the day, finished 1-1 with her two clutch two RBIs. Julia Apodaca also tallied a pair of RBIs to go with her two hits. Kat Hylton and Woods both went 2-3. Ashley Bunce and Annie Veatch both drove in a run.

The Bruins' dynamic duo, Abbie Bergerson and Madison Sorensen, split the game almost evenly. In the end, Bergerson, who threw 3.2 innings of one-hit relief, got her 14th win of the season.

Unlike the day's first contest, game two was a back-and-forth affair. The Bruins scored three in the second on Bunce's walk and Apodaca's double, but Linfield got two back in the third.

Veatch put the Bruins back up 4-2 in the third, but Linfield seized the lead with a three-run fourth, on one swing: Erin Taucher's rocketed three-run blast.

Both teams exchanged zeroes until the seventh. Anderson worked a walk in a quality at-bat, and Woods fought off a tough pitch to set up Furtado, who, of course, did not disappoint.

The sweep means the Bruins leave Sunday at 23-5 and 13-3 in the Northwest Conference. With such significant momentum, the Bruins certainly look forward to hosting Whitworth next Friday and Saturday.