Mar 18, 2018

Bruins Bring Out The Brooms Against Pacific

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

FOREST GROVE --- The No. 20-ranked George Fox softball team took on Pacific University on the road Sunday, completing the sweep against the Boxers in the Northwest Conference doubleheader, 7-4 and 13-5, respectively.  


Game One:

The Bruins came out of the gate with a run in the top of the first as Roni Braun hit a sac fly, scoring Rebecca Pridmore.

Pacific responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, taking a narrow 2-1 lead.

Two runs from George Fox in the top of the fourth was enough to take a 3-2 lead. With the bases loaded, Madelynn Vallejo was hit by the pitch, allowing Savannah Vargas to score. Allison Meyer stepped up to the plate next and hit a sac fly, advancing Kimi Ito to home plate to cap off the inning.

The Boxers scratched across a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth as the game continued to go back-and-forth.

Aaliyah Kautz tied it up in the top of the seventh with a huge home run, sending the game to extra innings. Kautz's home run marked the eighth by the Bruins in the series.

The Bruins performed with the game on the line, scratching across three runs in the top of the eighth to take a critical lead. Ito started it off with a double to left field, and then Vallejo was hit by the pitch to advance to first base. Meyer stepped up and hit it out of the park for the go-ahead three-run home run.

Pacific was unable to respond in the bottom of the eighth as the Bruins took a close game one, 7-4.

Game Two:

The Boxers jumped out to a lead in game two, scoring in the bottom of the first and third innings.

George Fox responded with four runs in the top of the fourth. The Bruins loaded the bases, and then Meyer walked to first, followed by Pridmore getting hit by a pitch as they each advanced runners home. Kautz was up next and singled to left field, scoring a run for the Bruins. Annie Veatch capped off the huge inning with a sac fly RBI to put the Bruins up, 4-2.

Pacific chipped into the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a run to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Meyer homered in the top of the sixth to widen the gap, but the Boxers managed a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game headed into the seventh.

The Bruins exploded in the top of the seventh, rattling off seven runs to jump out to a 12-5 lead.

The team had no trouble stacking the bases, and then Ito stepped to the plate and hit a single, advancing to second on the throw for two RBIs. Vargas managed to reach home on a wild pitch, and Alex Parker hit a two-RBI single, followed by yet another home run from Meyer for two RBIs. Kautz capped off the inning with an RBI single, advancing to second on an error by the center field and allowing Pridmore to reach home.

The Boxers were unable to respond as the Bruins completed the sweep, winning game two 13-5.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Meyer paced the Bruins with four RBIs. Madison Sorensen earned the win in the circle, tallying three strikeouts in eight innings.

Game Two:

Meyer dominated for the Bruins in game two, going 2-3 at the plate for four RBIs, including two huge home runs. Parker, Ito, and Kautz each contributed two RBIs apiece. Sarah Storton earned the win and is now 2-0 on the season.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 17-5 on the season and 8-2 in conference. The Bruins' 11 home runs mark the most in the program in a Northwest Conference series. 

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will take on Lewis & Clark on the road Saturday, with game one set for 12:00 pm and game two set for 2:00 pm.