Mar 17, 2019

Bruins End Arizona Trip With A Doubleheader Sweep

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

TUCSON --- The George Fox softball team ended its Arizona road trip in style on Sunday, as the Bruins kept the win streak alive with a 6-5 win over Wisconsin-La Crosse and a 6-2 victory over Augsburg.

Game One vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse:

The Bruins were quick to assert their dominance in the top half of the first, scratching across two runs on two hits. Kimi Ito kicked off the inning with a leadoff double and then stole third during Alyssa Gonzalez's at-bat. Gonzalez finished her at-bat with a walk to put runners on the corners. Roni Braun was then walked to load the bases and Claire Fountain drove in Ito on a single up the gap. Aaliyah Kautz hit a sac-fly to right field to bring home the second run and the score was set at 2-0.

Ashley Davis was marvelous in the circle for the Bruins, going four innings and allowing just run during her time in the circle.

George Fox continued to give run support with another run in the fourth, but the Eagles responded in the bottom of the fourth with a run of their own.

After four innings, the Bruins led 3-1.

The sixth inning proved to be big for both teams, as they both came away with three runs apiece. Gonzalez worked another walk to start the inning, but back-to-back outs put the Bruins in the hot seat. With two outs on the board, Kautz came up big with a single to put runners on first and third. Savannah Vargas hit the Bruins' first home run of the day to clear the bases and give the Bruins a 6-1 advantage.

The Vargas' home run was crucial for the Bruins, as the Eagles benefited off a couple of Bruin errors that scored all three of their runs.

Going into the final inning of play, the Bruins led 6-4. George Fox was unable to grab any insurance runs in the top of the seventh, as the Eagles were able to get out of the inning with straight groundouts and one pop up.

The Eagles looked poised to make the comeback in the bottom of the seventh as a solo home run brought the game within one, 6-5. Luckily, for the Bruins, Winter Ridgeway was up for the challenge. The senior worked herself out of the situation and earned her first save of the season.

Game Two vs. Augsburg:

George Fox continued to stay hot in the final game of the Tucson Invitational, as the Bruins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings of play.

The damage was done in the second inning, as the Bruins loaded the bases after an error and a pair of walks. Kimi Ito reached first on another error by the Auggies, which cleared the bases and gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead.

The Bruins scored two more runs in the fourth, as Ito hit a two-out single that brought home Allison Meyer. Gonzalez then brought home Ito on the next at-bat, giving the Bruins a 5-0 lead.

The Auggies put together a solid inning in the sixth, as a pair of hits brought in their first run of the game. The Bruins answered in the bottom half of the inning with a double by Roni Braun to bring home Ito for the second time.

The Bruins allowed one more run in the seventh but came away with a 6-2 victory.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Ashley Davis grabbed the win after four innings of work and Ridgeway recorded the save in the Bruins' 6-5 victory. Savannah Vargas had a great day at the plate, going 2-3 with one home run and four RBIs.

Game Two:

Kimi Ito and Roni Braun both recorded multi-hit days at the plate. Winter Ridgeway grabbed her third win on the season after going five innings and striking out eight.

What It Means:

The Bruins end the Arizona trip with a 6-1 record and improve to 10-6 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will look to use that momentum as they travel down the street to take on No. 8 Linfield in a four-game conference series. The first game will start at 12 pm on Saturday, March 23.