Mar 10, 2019

Bruins Bring Out The Brooms Against 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 Lewis & Clark in games three and four of its Northwest Conference series on Sunday, completing the sweep with two wins, 12-4 and 9-7.


Game One:

The Pios got on the board first, scratching across a run in the top of the first inning.

The Bruins responded with force in the bottom of the second. Freshman Alissa Yabumoto cracked her first-ever career home run that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Kimi Ito singled, then Allison Meyer walked to put runners on first and second. Savannah Vargas stepped to the plate and hit a home run for three RBIs. Roni Braun was up next, walking to first and then stealing second. She managed to reach home on a single from Alyssa Gonzalez. Aaliyah Kautz hit a single, which allowed Gonzalez to run in, capping off a massive seven-run inning.

The Bruins kept it up in the bottom of the third. Meyer managed to reach home plate from second base after a single by Braun. Then a double by Gonzalez was all Braun needed to run home. The effort set the score at 9-1.

Lewis & Clark did what it could to cut into the deficit, scratching across a run in the top of the fourth and two in the top of the fifth, but it was ultimately not enough. The Bruins kept on the gas pedal, putting up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Braun continued her impressive play, hitting a two-RBI homer to effectively seal the game.

The Bruins kept up their weekend success with a strong showing in game one, 12-4.

Game Two:

Lewis & Clark found its way onto the board early once again, jumping out to a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning.

Again, the Bruins responded in the bottom of the second. Claire Fountain got it going with a single, then advanced to second on a throwing error to allow Braun to reach home. With runners on second and third, Kautz stepped up and drove a home run out of left field for three RBIs. The effort gave the home team a 4-1 advantage.

The Pios scratched across a run in the top of the third to chip into the lead, but the Bruins responded in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs. Braun singled to send Kyra Thomas home, and then Gonzalez doubled to left field to allow Meyer to score.

The Bruins scratched across another run in the bottom of the fourth to set the score at 7-2.

Lewis & Clark scored in the top of the fifth and sixth innings to cut the lead to 7-4.

The Bruins executed in the bottom of the sixth in an effort to secure the win. Yabumoto singled, and then Ito doubled to put runners on second and third. Meyer stepped up and singled, then advanced to second on the throw for two RBIs.

The Pios put up three runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead to just two but were ultimately unable to close the gap as the Bruins earned the sweep, 9-7.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Braun was on fire in game one, going a perfect 3-3 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs. Vargas batted in three runners as well, and Gonzalez, Yabumoto, and Kautz each batted in two.

Game Two:

Kautz led the way in game two with her three RBIs homer. Meyer was close behind, batting in a pair of runners, while Ito, Braun, Gonzalez, and Fountain each tallied an RBI. Winter Ridgeway earned the win on the mound, managing to strike out three batters.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 4-5 on the season and go above .500 in conference play with the wins, moving to 4-3.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins travel to Arizona for the Tucson Invitational on Wednesday, March 13, taking on Mount Mary at 3:30 pm and Cornell at 6:00 pm.