Feb 24, 2018

Bruins Blank Pirates To Start Conference Play

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: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox softball team opened Northwest Conference play with a sweep against the Whitworth Pirates on Saturday afternoon, winning game one 7-0 and game two 5-0.

Recap:

Game One:

The Bruins struck first in game one, scratching a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to take an early lead. Madelynn Vallejo singled through the right side for the RBI, sending home Kimi Ito and allowing Roni Braun to score on the throw.

A two-run lead was not convincing enough for George Fox. The Bruins put an additional three runs on the board in the bottom of the third to widen the gap, 5-0.

With runners on first and second, Alyssa Gonzalez hit a two-RBI double to left field to send a pair of Bruins home. Ito then stepped up to plate and hit a single up the middle, allowing Gonzalez to run home herself, good for the third run of the inning.

The Bruins scored another pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the lead to seven on an RBI single from Gonzalez and an RBI double from Braun.

It wasn't just the bats, either, as Bruins' starter Madison Sorensen worked herself into her fourth win of the season and second scoreless complete game.

The lead was too much to overcome as George Fox took game one, 7-0.

Game Two:

The second inning was kind to the Bruins in game two, this time to the tune of four runs. Braun got the effort started with a single up the middle that sent Gonzalez home for the RBI. Rebecca Pridmore stepped up to the plate and hit a single to left center field, managing to advance to second on the throw to send home Ito. Alex Parker finished it off with a single up the middle for the two-RBI, sending home Pridmore and Braun.

Braun hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth to set the score at 5-0, which would hold the rest of the game as Whitworth could not get anything going in game two.

Abbie Bergerson was dialed from the start in game two. The senior went all seven innings for the Bruins, allowing just four hits in the complete game shutout.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Gonzalez stood out in game one, going 2-3 at the plate along with three RBI. Madison Sorensen got it done on the mound, earning the win with seven strikeouts, finishing with an impressively low ERA of .90 while helping the Bruins hold the team scoreless.

Game Two:

Parker and Braun each tallied two RBI to contribute to the scoring effort in game two. The Bruins' other pitching ace, Abbie Bergerson, earned the win on the mound as well.

What It Means:

The Bruins open NWC play with a pair of wins and move to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Whitworth Sunday, Feb. 25, in games three and four of the four-game series. Game one is set for 12:00 pm and game two is set for 2:30 pm.