Apr 04, 2015

Pirates Keep the Ship Afloat

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 No. 25-ranked George Fox softball team put together two great games on Saturday, but Whitworth University was able to come out the other end on top.

Game 1

Shannon Wessel's late-game heroics for Whitworth cancelled out a quality outing from Bruins starter Abbie Bergerson and a standout offensive day from Kat Hylton, and the Bruins dropped the game in gut-wrenching fashion, 7-4.

The Bruins nursed a one-run lead into the seventh inning, but a two-out single and a pair of costly errors loaded the bases for Whitworth slugger Wessel, who ripped one of Bergerson's rare mistakes over the fence for a grand slam.

Before Wessel's homer, the Bruins enjoyed most of the game's dominance. Kat Hylton went 2-3 with three RBIs, and Kayla Anderson knocked in the Bruins' other run. Bergerson took the loss; only five of her seven runs were earned.

Both teams scored three in the third: Whitworth on another long ball, this one from designated hitter Megan John, and the Bruins on a double by Anderson and Hylton's single.

In the fifth, the Bruins took the lead. With two outs, Megan Furtado was hit by a pitch, showed some good baserunning, dashing to second on a passed ball, and scored on Hylton's double.

The 4-3 lead only stood two innings, before Wessel finished off the game.

The loss evens the Bruins' record and Whitworth's: both teams stand at 24-7.

Game 2

Whitworth's Makayla Lefever contained the explosive Bruin offense, and neither Madison Sorensen not Abbie Bergerson were at their respective bests in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, as the Bruins dropped the game, 5-1. The Bruins managed just three hits on the day, all singles from Rebecca Pridmore, Kayla Anderson, and Megan Furtado. Julia Apodaca drove in the lone Bruin run.

The game was knotted at zeroes until the fourth. Whitworth loaded the bases with one out, and after Sorensen walked in a run (and was summarily relieved), two base hits and a sacrifice fly meant Whitworth carried a 4-0 lead.

Kelsey Stroshine's triple added another for Whitworth in the fifth, and Apodaca drove in her run soon after to make the 5-1 final score. Hylton began that scoring rally by working a walk, and Veatch wore a pitch to put two runners on. After Howard popped up, Bunce was also hit by a pitch, and Apodaca's fielder's choice drove in the run.

The Bruins sit at 24-8 with the loss. They must wait until Saturday to regain their footing, when they travel to Puget Sound.