Mar 09, 2019

Bruins Sweep Saturday Over Pios

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 Lewis & Clark Pioneers in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader, winning both games in dominant fashion, 12-4 and 10-1, respectively.


Game One:

The Bruins wasted no time setting the tone. Kimi Ito started it off with a double to right center, then managed to steal third. Savannah Vargas walked, then stole second. Roni Braun walked to first to load up the bases. Ito and Vargas reached home on a throwing error by the shortstop to be the first Bruins to score. Aaliyah Kautz stepped to the plate and singled to right field for two RBIs, sending home Braun and Claire Fountain to cap off George Fox's huge four-run inning.

The Pios responded with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2.

The Bruins came right back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to keep distance between the two teams. Allison Meyer cracked a two-RBI double to right center field, then Braun stepped to the plate and sent Meyer in with a single.

Lewis & Clark cut the lead to 7-4 by scratching across a pair of runs in the top of the fifth, but the Bruins exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to put the game out of reach. Olivia Nelson bunted, then advanced to second on a throwing error, allowing Fountain to score. Ito singled to send Sara Miller home, then Nelson reached home on a fielding error. Meyer finished the game off with a two-RBI double, setting the final score at 12-4 as the Bruins took game one with ease.

Game Two:

The Bruins kept it going in game two, scratching across a run in the bottom of the first inning.

The Pios responded with a run in the top of the third to tie it up, 1-1.

George Fox exploded in the bottom of the third inning. Alyssa Gonzalez started it off with a two-RBI double. Kautz batted her in with a single but was tagged trying to advance to second. Fountain found her way home as Nelson reached second on a fielder's choice, then Ito smacked a double down the left field line to bring Nelson in. Vargas hit an RBI double to send Ito home, then Meyer cracked a two-RBI home run to put the Pios away for good, 10-1.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Meyer led the way in game one, batting in four runners while going 3-4 at the plate. Kautz had two RBIs, while Vargas, Braun, and Nelson each had one. Ashley Davis got the win on the mound, allowing only five hits in five innings.

Game Two:

Gonzalez and Meyer each finished with two RBIs. Nelson, Kautz, Fountain, Vargas, and Ito each finished with one. Winter Ridgeway pitched for the Bruins in game two, allowing only a single run from the Pioneers.

What It Means:

The Bruins get into the win column with the pair of wins, moving to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Lewis & Clark in games three and four of the series on Sunday, March 10, at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.