Mar 23, 2019

Bruins Split Saturday Against No. 12 'Cats

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 George Fox softball team made the short trip to No. 12 Linfield on Saturday, splitting a two-game series with the Wildcats with a 2-1 loss in game one and an 11-6 win in game two.


Game One:

The Wildcats struck first, as a two-RBI homer put them up 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning.

The teams went scoreless for three innings, and then the Bruins found their way onto the board in the top of the sixth. Roni Braun walked to first and Claire Fountain singled to left field to put runners on first and second. Savannah Vargas doubled to allow Braun to reach home, cutting the lead to just one.

Although George Fox kept Linfield from scoring in the bottom of the sixth, it was unable to close the gap or pull ahead in the top of the seventh as they dropped a close game one, 2-1.

Game Two:

The Bruins found success early, scratching across a run in the top of the first. They scored almost identically to how they did in game one, as Vargas batted in Braun to give George Fox a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats came right back with three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 advantage.

George Fox kept it up in the top of the second. Allison Meyer doubled to left center, and then Olivia Nelson walked. Alyssa Gonzalez stepped to the plate and cracked a three-RBI homer to put the Bruins back on top in stylish fashion, 4-3.

Linfield came back with a run in the bottom of the second and two in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-4 lead

The Bruins came right back with a huge fifth inning. They stacked the bases up, then Gonzalez hit a two-RBI single to allow Allisa Yabumoto and Meyer to reach home. Braun stepped up after that and hit a homer out of the left-center field for three RBIs. The effort capped off a huge five-run inning for George Fox as they stormed ahead, 9-6.

George Fox kept its foot on the gas in the top of the sixth, as Meyer hit a two-RBI homer to put the Bruins up 11-6.

The Wildcats were unable to respond as the Bruins took a big win in game two, 11-6.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Vargas paced the Bruins in the game one effort, batting in a runner.

Game Two:

Gonzalez paced the Bruins by batting in a whopping five runners. Braun finished with three RBIs, and Meyer contributed two.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins face the Wildcats in games three and four of the series on Sunday, March 24th at12:00 pm and 2:30 pm.