Mar 03, 2018

Bruins Split Saturday at NFCA Leadoff Classic

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

TUSCON, Ariz. --- The George Fox softball team split Saturday's doubleheader with a win over No. 18 Messiah, 6-1, before falling to powerhouse No. 11 Christopher Newport University, 7-5.


Game One:

The Bruins got on the board early with a run in the top of the first, but Messiah struck back in the bottom of the second to even the score at one apiece.

George Fox exploded in the top of the third inning, scratching across four runs to give the Bruins the lead. Alyssa Gonzalez reached home on an error by the left field of the Falcons to start if off. With runners on first and second, Roni Braun stepped up to bat and hit a three RBI home run to cap the inning off at four runs, pushing the lead to 5-1.

The Bruins scored once more in the top of the sixth as a double from Annie Veatch sent home Rebecca Pridmore. The score would remain at 6-1 as George Fox came away with a solid win.


Game Two:

The Captains came out hot with a pair of runs in both the first and second innings, jumping out to an early 4-0 lead.

George Fox responded in the bottom of the second, managing to scratch across two runs on a pair of sac flies to chip away at the lead, 4-2.

Runs from Christopher Newport in the top of the third and fourth innings widened the gap between the teams, setting the score at 6-2.

With runners on first and third in the bottom of the fourth inning, Alyssa Gonzalez hit a single to send Ito home for the RBI, 6-3.

The Captains scored once more in the top of the fifth to give them seven runs for the game.

Annie Veatch hit a two-RBI home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to just two, 7-5.

Neither team scored in the following innings as George Fox lost a close one, 7-5.


Top Performers:

Game One:

Braun paced the Bruins in RBI with her big home run, while Savannah Vargas, Veatch, and Ito all contributed one RBI apiece. Madison Sorensen was unstoppable on the mound in this one, taking the win while allowing only one run in seven innings pitched. She also tallied a whopping eight strikeouts.

Game Two:

Veatch and Gonzalez paced the Bruins, each tallying two RBI in this one.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 3-1 on the road trip and 10-2 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins remain in Arizona to take on Illinois Wesleyan on Sunday at 2:00 pm.