Apr 19, 2015

A Real Nail-Bitter

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

FOREST GROVE, Ore. --- Both teams traded places as George Fox beat the Boxers yesterday, and the Boxers returned the favor today in a tight double-header.

Game 1

Abbie Bergerson threw a solid four innings, allowing a miserly five hits and two runs, one earned, over her four innings, but took the 2-1 loss anyway on Sunday afternoon. Pacific University's Marissa Reichard was just a little better, holding the Bruins to one run despite giving up eight hits over her complete-game outing.

The Bruins managed runners on base throughout the game but lacked the final base hit to break onto the scoreboard. After George Fox stranded single runners in the first and second, Pacific got on the scoreboard first in the second inning. A hit batsman, sacrifice bunt, and walk put two runners on for Kaitlyn Shikada, whose infield single brought in a run, helped along by Kayla Anderson's error. Bergerson did well to escape the inning with just one run, stranding three Pacific baserunners.

Pacific struck again in the third more simply, as Megan Winans singled in Ashley Mitchell to give the Boxers a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins finally eked out a run in the sixth. Amanda Woods sparked the rally with a single through the middle, and after Annie Veatch popped up for the second out, Kat Hylton legged out an infield single and Becca Olsen shot a ringing single up the middle to score Woods and halve Pacific's lead, 2-1.

The Bruins, though, were unable to find a tying run and took the 2-1 loss.

Kayla Anderson and Kat Hylton both finished 2-3. Pinch-hitter Olsen had the Bruins' lone RBI.

The loss puts the Bruins at 29-10, 19-8 in conference, heading into Sunday's second game.

Game 2

Abbie Bergerson and Madison Sorensen combined excellently once again, splitting the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with Pacific University three innings apiece and, together, holding the Boxers to just five hits and a single run. Unfortunately for the hard-luck Bruins – who dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker in the opening game – Pacific starter Jessica Hotaling was nearly perfect, limiting the Bruins to only three hits over her complete-game shutout. Tellingly, over two games on Saturday, both losses, the Bruins meted Pacific just twelve hits and three runs.

Amanda Woods, Kat Hylton, and Courtney Howard had base hits.

The Boxers pushed across their solitary run in the fourth, after Sorensen relieved Bergerson. Kylee Oshiro walked, and two consecutive singled jammed the bases full. In the clutch, Sorensen fanned two batters but walked the third to force in the game's only run.

In the seventh, Woods singled and went to second on Annie Veatch's good sacrifice, the first Bruin in scoring position, but two fly outs sealed the Boxers' 1-0 victory.

Pacific and George Fox have identical conference records after Saturday, 19-9. The Bruins stand at 29-11 overall. Both teams will face each other again in the Northwest Conference Tournament Semi-finals at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 24th at Whitworth University.