Apr 16, 2018

Bruins Sweep Bearcats To Set A New School Record In Single-Season Wins

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

McMINNVILLE --- The No. 9-ranked George Fox softball team made the short trek to McMinnville on Monday, taking on Willamette in the final Northwest Conference doubleheader of the season, winning game one 11-0 and game two 14-5.


Game One:

The Bruins found their way onto the scoreboard first, scratching across a run in the top of the third to take an early lead. Julia Apodaca singled to shortstop, and then Allison Meyer batted her in with a double to right center field, 1-0.

George Fox put four runs on the board in the top of the fourth, taking a 5-0 lead. With runners on second and third, Aaliyah Kautz doubled down the right-field line for two RBIs. The Bruins loaded the bases to put themselves in position to score once more, as Rebecca Pridmore hit a single to send home Apodaca and Kautz.

A pair of runs in the top of the fifth gave the Bruins an even greater lead. Kimi Ito popped up a sac fly to allow Roni Braun to score, then Kautz doubled to right field to send home Alyssa Gonzalez. The effort set the score at 7-0.

The Bruins could not be stopped in game one, rattling off another four runs in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach. With the bases loaded, Ito singled through the left side to score two more runs. Kautz kept her solid play going, batting in Gonzalez with a single to right field. Ito capped the game off, managing to reach home on a wild pitch.

George Fox took game one, 11-0.

Game Two:

Savannah Vargas got it going for the Bruins in style, hitting a home run out of left field in the top of the first.

George Fox exploded in the top of the second, rattling off nine runs to take a huge lead. With runners on first and second, Pridmore doubled to right field for the RBI. Meyer reached home on a wild pitch, and then Veatch doubled to right center field to send home Pridmore. Gonzalez doubled to right center for two RBIs, and Ito doubled to left field to send home Gonzalez. Ito scored on a wild pitch, and then Alex Parker hit a two-RBI home run out of left field to cap off a huge inning. The Bruins held a 10-0 lead after the effort.

The Bearcats chipped into the lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning, 10-1.

The Bruins scratched across a pair of runs in the top of the third to push the lead to double-digits, but Willamette scored two runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to set the score at 12-5.

The Bruins scored an additional two runs in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach, winning 14-5.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Kautz paced the team in RBIs in game one, going 3-4 at the plate with four RBIs. Ito followed closely behind, tallying three RBIs. Madison Sorensen was dominant on the mound, only allowing one hit in six innings while throwing five strikeouts.

Game Two:

Parker, Ito, Gonzalez and Pridmore all contributed two RBIs in the winning effort. Vargas, Veatch, Braun and Kautz all batted in a runner as well.

What It Means:

The Bruins finish the regular season with an overall record of 33-7 and a conference record of 24-4. They sit atop the NWC, but Linfield plays two more games Tuesday with a chance to tie the Bruins at that top spot. If Linfield drops one game Tuesday, the Bruins secure their first-ever NWC Championship outright. If Linfield wins both games, the Bruins and the 'Cats share the NWC Championship as Co-Champs. Either way, the Bruins have set a new program record with the first title in the program's history. The Bruins also break the school record for wins in a single-season (33) and conference wins in a single-season (24). 

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will wait and see what the rest of the season looks like heading into the NWC Tournament.