- 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
A Winning Tradition
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|George Fox (30-7, 21-4)||1||0||4||0||2||3||10||8||0|
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|George Fox (31-7, 22-4)||4||3||3||1||X||11||10||0|
By: Jake Bienvenue
NEWBERG, Ore. --- The No. 9-ranked George Fox softball team hosted Willamette in a Northwest Conference doubleheader on Saturday, winning game one 10-0 and game two 11-2.
The Bruins got on the board early, scratching across a run in the bottom of the first inning. Rebecca Pridmore reached home on a wild pitch to give George Fox the early lead.
The home team struck again in the bottom of the third inning, going off for four runs to put them ahead even further. With runners on second and third, Savannah Vargas singled to shortstop to allow Allison Meyer to score. Roni Braun stepped up to the plate and hit a two-RBI double up the middle, sending home Vargas and Pridmore. A single by Alyssa Gonzalez allowed Braun to reach home, capping off the impressive inning for the Bruins, 5-0.
Braun struck again for the Bruins in the bottom of the fifth, hitting a home run out of center field in an attempt to keep the game out of reach of the Bearcats. George Fox scratched across another run in the inning as Alex Parker popped up a sac fly with the bases loaded to allow Madelynn Vallejo to reach home, setting the score at 7-0.
Braun was on fire in game one, hitting a three RBI home run in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away for good, 10-0. The homer was her second of the game.
The Bearcats bounced back with a run in the top of the first, giving them the early lead.
It did not take long for George Fox to respond as they rattled off four runs in the bottom of the first. Pridmore started it off, hitting a home run out of right field on the very first at-bat. Veatch kept the momentum up, hitting a home run of her own to advance both herself and Vargas, who had walked to first. Braun doubled to left field, and then Gonzalez did the same to send Braun home. The effort put the Bruins ahead, 4-1.
The Bruins kept it up in the bottom of the second, scratching across three runs to set them ahead even further. With runners on first and second, Braun hit yet another three RBI home run to set the score at 7-1.
George Fox would not stop there, rattling off another three runs in the bottom of the third to keep the game out of reach for the Bearcats. With the bases loaded, Allison Meyer managed to reach home on a wild pitch. Veatch walked to first to load the bases once again, and then Pridmore reached home on a wild pitch and Vargas scored on a fielding error by the pitcher, 10-1.
Willamette scratched across a run in the top of the fourth, setting the score at 10-2.
With the score set at 11-2, the Bearcats were unable to score and prevent the mercy rule from going into play in the top of the fifth as the Bruins took game two.
Braun led the team in RBIs, contributing six. She also went 3-4 at the plate to go along with two home runs. Vargas, Gonzalez and Parker each batted in a runner as well. Madison Sorensen got her game going on the mound, earning the win while throwing seven strikes in five innings pitched. She also allowed only three hits in that span.
Braun hit a home run for three RBIs in game two, good for her third of the day. Veatch hit a home run of her own, finishing with two RBIs. Pridmore had a homer as well, and her, Gonzalez, and Apodaca each contributed one RBI apiece. Abbie Bergerson took the win on the mound, allowing only two runs while throwing three strikeouts.
What It Means:
The Bruins move to 22-4 in conference play and 31-7 overall after Saturday's games. They currently hold the top spot in the Northwest Conference.
What Comes Next:
The Bruins travel to Willamette on Sunday in the final two games of the regular season. Game one is set for 12:00 pm and game two is set for 2:30 pm.