Feb 10, 2018

Bruins Split With Tigers Saturday

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

Photo Taken By: Chad Bergerson

By: Jake Bienvenue

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- The George Fox softball team continued its road trip with a Saturday afternoon doubleheader against Occidental, dropping the first and winning the second, 5-4 and 15-2, respectively.


Game One:

The Tigers struck first in the bottom of the first inning, securing the early lead.

George Fox jumped ahead in the top of the third with a three-run inning. With two runners on base, Annie Veatch stepped up to the plate and hit a three RBI home run, advancing Alex Parker and Rebecca Pridmore. The Bruins took the lead, 3-1.

The Bruins struck again in the top of the sixth to widen the gap. Aaliyah Kautz singled to center field to put Rachel LaRont on first base as a pinch runner. An RBI triple from Allison Meyer advanced LaRont as George Fox secured a 4-1 lead heading into the final inning.

Three runs from Occidental in the bottom of the seventh tied the game at four, sending the teams into extra innings.

The Tigers managed to score one in the bottom of the eighth to steal game one at the very end.

Game Two:

The Bruins exploded in game two, opening up the game with a monster seven-run inning. Pridmore stepped up to the plate in the top of the first and started off the game with a triple to right field. An RBI single by Parker advanced her home. After scratching another run, Allison Meyer hit a two RBI homer to keep the Bruins rolling. Three more runs finished off the huge inning, 7-0.

Veatch stepped up to the plate in the top of the second and hit her second home run of the day, setting the pace for what was another huge inning. Alyssa Gonzalez hit a two-RBI double to contribute, sending a pair of runners home.

The Bruins held a 12-0 lead after just two innings.

A run in the top of the fourth and fifth widened the gap, and although the Tigers found their way onto the scorecard with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth, it was not enough. The Bruins took home an easy one, 15-2 in just five innings of play.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Veatch turned in an impressive performance in game one, going 2-4 at the plate with a three RBI home run. Meyer came in big as well with an RBI triple.

Game Two:

Meyer and Pridmore got it done in game two, each tallying three RBI. Meyer went a perfect 3-3 at bat while Pridmore was unstoppable as well, going 3-4. Veatch finished with a RBI on her second home run of the day. Kautz and Gonzalez contributed as well, each tallying two RBI. Freshman Sarah Storton recorded her first collegiate win, going five innings and allowing just three this and two runs.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 3-1 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins play their fifth and sixth game of the California road trip Sunday, taking on Whittier at 12:00pm and 2:00pm.