Apr 30, 2015

Softball Grabs 7 All-NWC Honors and Coach of the Year

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

NEWBERG, Ore. – The accolades continue to roll in for the George Fox softball team, as seven players were named to the 2015 All-Northwest Conference Softball Team and head coach Jessica Hollen was named Coach of the Year.

It doesn't come as a surprise to the Bruins, who set a program-best 31 wins on the year and finished second in the Northwest Conference Tournament, the program's highest finish since joining the NWC. Kayla Anderson earned a spot on the conference's First Team, while Abbie Bergerson, Amanda Woods and Kat Hylton were named Second-Team All-NWC. Courtney Howard, Annie Veatch and Alex Parker all received Honorable Mention recognition.

Coach Hollen, who just finished her seventh season, was also named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2012. Since 2012, she has managed an overall record of 93-73 and 62-50 in conference play. Hollen joined the program in 2010 and knocked down a milestone on Feb. 8, 2015 when she collected her 100th career victory over the Bearcats of Willamette in a 10-9 fashion.

Anderson, a junior shortstop from Boise, Idaho, led the team in eight different categories. She recorded a batting average of .389, a slugging percentage of .656, scored 38 runs, managed 51 hits, tallied 34 RBIs, blasted six home runs and hit 15 doubles. She was named NWC Softball Position Student-Athlete of the Week from Feb. 9-15 and Feb. 23-March 1. Last year, she was an All-NWC Second-Team selection and made First Team her rookie season.

Bergerson, a freshman pitcher from Gresham, Ore., is no stranger to awards, as she became the first pitcher in George Fox history to be named NFCA Div. III National Pitcher of the Week. She caps her rookie season as the Bruins' leader on the mound, recording an ERA of 2.56. She also led the team with 16 wins, 133.2 innings pitched and 15 batters struck out looking.

Woods, a junior third baseman from Pe Ell, Wash., received her second All-NWC selection. She was named an Honorable Mention in 2013. Woods was third on the team in batting average (.351), third in slugging percentage (.491), second in on-base percentage (.433), second in hits (40) and third in RBIs (24).

Hylton, a junior outfielder from Inglewood, Calif., received her first honor as an All-NWC Second Team selection. She was tied for third on the team in runs scored (24), fourth in hits (31) and led the Bruins in sacrifice flies with two.

Howard, a junior catcher from Hermiston, Ore. collected her second honor in a row from the conference office. Howard was named All-NWC Second Team last year for her play behind the plate. This year, she played in every game for the Bruins as the starting catcher. Howard was second in runs scored (25), tied for second in triples (2) and tied for first in sacrifice bunts (4).

Veatch, a freshman from Hood River, Ore., emerged herself in her rookie season playing in 41 of the 44 games. She led the team in batting average with .395 and on base percentage with .505. She was second in slugging percentage (.593), RBIs (25) and homeruns (3).

Parker, a freshman utility player from Eugene, Ore., also received her first honor from the conference with an Honorable Mention. She played in 38 of the 44 games and was fifth on the team in batting average (.324), slugging percentage (.471) and on-base percentage (.395).

To see the entire list of the 2015 Softball All-NWC Team click here.

The Bruins will await to see where their fate lies on Monday, May 4, when they watch the selection show to see if they will make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. To watch the show click here.