Feb 11, 2018

Bruins Complete Road Trip With A Sweep

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

WHITTIER, Calif. --- The George Fox softball team wrapped up its road trip Sunday with a pair of games against Whittier, winning both, 11-2 and 4-2.


Game One:

The Bruins wasted no time setting the tone, scratching four runs in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Aaliyah Kautz hit a sac fly to left field, advancing Rebecca Pridmore home for the RBI. A double down the left field line by Alyssa Gonzalez was good for three-RBIs, giving George Fox an early 4-0 lead.

Pridmore began the scoring in the top of the second, reaching home on a pitching error. Annie Veatch contributed as well with an RBI double to push the lead out even further, setting the score at 6-0.

Whittier found its way onto the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the third.

Kautz hit a home run in the top of the fourth to keep George Fox rolling, 7-1.

Savannah Vargas hit the second home run of the day in the top of the fifth, sparking the Bruins to a four-run inning that put Whitter away in game one.

The final score stood at 11-2.

Game Two:

The Bruins started off game two with a bang as Veatch hit a home run in the top of the first to start the scoring.

Whittier was unable to respond until the bottom of the fourth when a run by the home team tied the score at one apiece.

George Fox took the lead in the top of the fifth as Vargas hit a fly ball to center field to send home Madelynn Vallejo. The sac fly RBI gave the Bruins a narrow lead, 2-1.

Alex Parker stepped up to bat in the top of the sixth and hit a critical home run, pushing the lead to 3-1. The homer was the Bruins' fourth of the day.

Whittier managed to respond with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but yet another huge home run by Kimi Ito in the top of the seventh widened the gap to 4-2.

Whittier was unable to respond in the bottom of the seventh as Bruins' pitcher Abbie Bergerson had a critical strikeout in the final inning. George Fox took their second win of the day, 4-2.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Madison Sorensen took the win on the mound for the Bruins, tallying four strikeouts and allowing only two runs. Gonzalez went a perfect 3-3 at the plate while also bringing in three runners. Kautz and Vargas each hit a home run to contribute for the Bruins in game one.

Game Two:

Veatch, Parker and Kimi Ito contributed the third, fourth and fifth home runs of the day to secure the win for the Bruins in game two. Bergerson recorded her first win of the season, pitching a complete game with four strikeouts.

What It Means:

The Bruins start their season at 5-1.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins have a break until Saturday, February 24 when they will host Whitworth in a conference double-header set for 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm.