Mar 03, 2019

Bruins' Halted Series Finished On April 24

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 --- The George Fox softball team hosted the Whitworth Pirates in games three and four of the Northwest Conference series on Sunday, dropping game three, 16-5, and paused play with an 8-8 tie in the 10th for almost two months before the finishing the game at Linfield on April 24 with a 13-9 loss in 11 innings.

Recap:

Game One:

The Pirates did not waste any time getting on the board. A three-run homer gave the visiting team the lead in the top of the first inning.

The Bruins came right back in the bottom of the first. Kimi Ito walked, and then Allison Meyer singled to the shortstop, advancing Ito to second. Roni Braun stepped to the plate and smashed a homer out of the center field for three RBI, tying the score.

The Bruins took the lead in the bottom of the second as freshman Claire Fountain hit her second home run of the weekend, setting the score at 4-3.

The Pirates retook the lead with a run in the top of the third and two runs in the top of the fourth, 6-4.

George Fox came right back in the bottom of the fourth, as Alyssa Gonzalez hit her second home run of the weekend. The score was set at 6-5 in favor of the Pirates heading into the final innings.

Whitworth took control down the stretch, putting up 10 runs to put the game out of reach, 16-5.

Game Two:

The Bruins came out swinging in game two, finding their way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Meyer got it going with a single to second base, and then Braun followed up with a single to third base. With runners on first and second, Gonzalez doubled to right center, allowing Meyer and Braun to reach home. Fountain stepped up and hit a single, advancing Gonzalez to third. A single by Aaliyah Kautz was enough to bring Gonzalez into home plate, capping off a three-run inning.

The Pirates responded by scratching across runs in the top of the second and third innings to chip into the lead, then putting up three runs in the top of the fourth to jump ahead of the home team. The score was set at 5-3 after four innings.

Whitworth scored again in the top of the fifth, putting up an additional three runs to take an 8-3 advantage over the Bruins.

Ito responded on behalf of George Fox, hitting a home run out of center field to cut the lead to just four in the bottom of the fifth.

Down 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Braun hit a clutch home run to left center field to keep the Bruins' dreams alive. Gonzalez and Fountain followed up with singles, then, with two outs, Kautz stepped to the plate and cracked a two-RBI double to cut the lead to just one, 8-7. Kyra Thomas pinch ran for Kautz and managed to reach home on a throwing error by the shortstop, tying the game at 8-8 and forcing extra-innings.

Going into the 10th inning, the game was halted due to darkness on March 3. The Bruins resumed play on April 24 at Linfield College to finish the game and after a scoreless 10th frame, the Bruins surrendered five runs in the top of 11th inning to the Pirates. Trailing 13-8 in the bottom of the 11th, the Bruins were able to load the bases with singles by Braun and Fountain and a walk from Gonzalez. An RBI single by Kautz plated a run in response but the rally fell short and George Fox fell, 13-9, in extra innings.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Braun's three RBI home run led the Bruins. Fountain and Gonzalez each hit homers as well to round out the effort.

Game Two:

Kautz doubled twice and drove in four of the Bruins' nine runs, while Ito and Braun each launched a solo shot on March 3 in the earlier innings of play.

What It Means:

The Bruins drop to 25-14 overall and close out NWC competition with a 17-11 record with the completion of the halted game two on April 24.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Lewis & Clark in a conference doubleheader on Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm.