Mar 28, 2018

Bruins Sweep Pirates For The First Time In Program History

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 No. 11 George Fox softball team hosted Whitworth in a conference doubleheader Wednesday, as the original set of games were postponed on February 25. George Fox swept the Pirates, winning game one 8-0 and game two 14-7. This marks the first time the Bruins have swept the Pirates in a four-game Northwest Conference series.

Recap:

Game One:

Annie Veatch started off the game with a bang, hitting a two-RBI home run to right field. The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

The Bruins exploded in the bottom of the third, hitting three home runs in three consecutive at-bats to extend the lead.

With Alyssa Gonzalez on second and Savannah Vargas on third, Kimi Ito hit a home run through the left side for three RBIs. Roni Braun stepped up to the plate and hit a home run right up the middle to keep it going. Allison Meyer hit the final home run of the inning, smacking the ball through the left side to set the score at 7-0.

George Fox had the magic in game one, as Alex Parker stepped up to plate in the bottom of the fourth and hit the Bruins' fifth home run of the day.

Whitworth was unable to respond as the game ended, 8-0.

Madison Sorensen played a big role in the Bruins' shutout victory, recording nine strikeouts in her five innings of work.

Game Two:

The Pirates struck first in game two, scratching across a run in the top of the first to take an early lead.

The Bruins responded with five runs in the bottom of the second. With the bases stacked, Rebecca Pridmore walked to advance Gonzalez home. Aaliyah Kautz stepped up to the plate and reached first on a fielder's choice, then advanced to second for two RBIs, allowing Meyer and Parker to score. Braun then hit a two-RBI double, advancing to third on the throw while advancing Kautz and Pridmore. The huge inning placed George Fox ahead, 5-1.

Whitworth chipped into the lead in the top of the third with a pair of runs, setting the score at 5-3.

Meyer continued her stellar play in the bottom of the third, hitting yet another home run right up the middle for three RBIs. The homer stretched the distance between the two teams, 8-3.

The Pirates managed four runs in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to just one, 8-7.

George Fox stepped on the gas pedal in the bottom of the fourth, putting six runs on the board to take the 14-7 lead. With runners on first and third, Parker doubled through the left side, allowing Ito to score. Pridmore hit a single to send home Gonzalez, and then Kautz hit a two-RBI double to keep it going for the Bruins. Veatch finished it off with a huge home run to send both herself and Kautz home, capping off the six-run inning.

The Pirates could not get anything going as the Bruins earned the sweep, 14-7.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Parker, Veatch, Ito, Braun, and Meyer were the five Bruins whose home runs led the team to victory. Madison Sorensen caught fire on the mound, throwing a whopping nine strikeouts while holding the opposition scoreless.

Game Two:

Kautz led the team in RBIs, tallying four to go along with a pair of runs. Meyer hit her second home run of the day for three RBIs, and Pridmore, Veatch, and Braun all chipped in two RBI apiece to help lead the Bruins to victory. Abbie Bergerson got the win on the mound while tallying four strikeouts in four innings pitched.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 23-5 overall and 14-2 in conference play after the sweep.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Puget Sound in a conference doubleheader on Friday, with game one set for 2:00 pm and game two set for 4:00 pm.