Apr 11, 2015

Magic Number 26

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

TACOMA, Wash. --- George Fox University's softball team was completely dominant Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins swept the Loggers in a Northwest Conference double-header.

Game 1

The Bruins were dominant in every aspect of the game in their 9-0 win over Puget Sound on Saturday, the first game of a doubleheader. Starter Abbie Bergerson threw a five-hit shutout to snag her 16th victory of the season, fanning eight, and Annie Veatch had perhaps her best day at the plate this season, finishing 2-3 with three RBIs, including a crushed solo homer in the seventh. Kayla Anderson also shone, going 3-5 with a pair of RBIs, and Amanda Woods collected two hits, as well. Ashley Bunce made her one hit count, a lined home run to left.

With the game never really in doubt thanks to Bergerson's quality performance on the rubber, the Bruins offense was relaxed and keyed-in. George Fox got on the scoreboard in the second when Veatch stroked a single to score Megan Furtado, who reached on a dropped third strike. Kay Hylton drove in the Bruins' next two runs in the third with one swing, roping a double into left that brought around Rebecca Pridmore and Anderson.

Leading 3-0 after three, the Bruins refused to slacken. Anderson singled in another run in the fourth, and both Furtado and Veatch worked patient walks to force in two additional runs. And, in the fifth, Bunce expanded the lead to 7-0 with by drilling a fastball over the left field fence.

The Bruins' last two runs came in the seventh, one on Veatch's longball and another on Anderson's single through the middle.

After a surprisingly rough slew of games, the resounding victory improves the Bruins' record to 25-8, 15-6 in conference, and gives George Fox a jumping-off point for the Saturday's nightcap.

Game 2

Madison Sorensen threw a complete-game two-hitter, giving up just two unearned runs, to earn the victory as George Fox took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with Puget Sound, 6-2. At the plate, Julia Apodaca assumed responsibility, leading the Bruins with her 2-3, two-RBI day. Amanda Woods and Kat Hylton both added two hits, and pinch-hitter Alex Parker drove in a run.

The Bruins pushed across single runs in the first and the second: Woods scampered home with an unearned run, and Apodaca singled in Courtney Howard. The score evened at 2-2 when an error by Kayla Anderson, a sacrifice, and a single let Puget Sound eke out their only runs of the game.

The score remained knotted until the Bruins re-seized the lead for good in the sixth. Apodaca led off by clubbing a single into left, and raced to second on an errant pitch. After Veatch grounded out, Howard reached first on a bad error. Parker, pinch-hitting for Ashley Bunce, roped a single to bring in Hylton, and subsequent singles from Apodaca and Anderson made the final score 6-2.

After the blip in the third inning, Sorensen was masterful. Puget Sound threatened again only in the sixth: two walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with only one out, but Sorensen reared back and struck out Shaw and induced an easy grounder from Jaci Young to end the inning and any hopes of a comeback for Puget Sound.

The Bruins enjoy a 26-8 record overall and a 16-6 record in conference. This 2015 team now holds the record for most wins in a single-season in program history. They break last year's team record of 24-16 on the season. With the two victories on Saturday, the Bruins will hope to recreate Saturday's success tomorrow, when they travel for a doubleheader with Pacific Lutheran.