Mar 31, 2019

Bruins Split Series With Boxers

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 Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- The George Fox softball team split its season series against Pacific (Ore.) after a repeat performance of its first doubleheader, taking game one with a 3-2 final before falling in game two by an 8-0 margin in a run-rule outing.

Recap

Game One

Sarah Storton got the start for the Bruins and worked a complete game to earn her third win of 2019, allowing two runs – only one earned – on eight hits.

The Boxers got on the board first with a run in the top of the frame and held George Fox scoreless in the bottom of the inning, but the Bruins returned the favor in the top of the second and evened the score with a single run in the bottom half of the second.

Aaliyah Kautz got on base with a fielder's choice and came around to score unearned in the bottom of the second after a single from Allisa Yabumoto and an error at shortstop by the Boxers to tie the game at 1-1.

The top of the third saw Storton struggle briefly as the Boxers loaded the bases with no outs in the inning, but the Bruins' defense helped bail Storton out with three putouts to preserve the 1-1 tie. The scoreless third frame gave way to the fourth inning where the Bruins were able to grab a permanent lead.

Kautz made her way on base in the fourth with a hard-hit single to the Boxer shortstop and came in to score on long line drive over the center field wall by Kimi Ito for a two-run shot and a 3-1 lead.

The two teams locked in after the fourth defensively and sped through the fifth and sixth innings before the Boxers were able to mount a brief comeback with a single run in the seventh, but Storton and her defense shut down the rally for a 3-2 win in game one.

Game Two

The Bruins put Winter Ridgeway in the circle to start game two and she gave the Bruins three innings before giving way to single frames from Ashley Davis and Kailey Newkirk.

The Bruins struggled offensively in game two, registering five hits in five innings and stranding seven runners in an 8-0 shutout loss. The Boxers jumped on top quickly with three runs in the first frame and added another in the third inning before erupting for four runs in the fourth, all while tallying 12 hits in the ball game.

The Bruins did get runners into scoring position against the Boxers in game two, but each time they failed to bring the runners home in the shortened game.

Top Performers

Game One

Ito's two-run shot in the fourth provided the game-winning runs for the Bruins, while Storton pitched the second complete game of her Bruin career for her third win of 2019.

Game Two

Newkirk pitched a scoreless relief inning in the fifth and Courtney Hunt was perfect at the plate after taking over the catching duties from Alyssa Gonzalez midway through the game.

 

What It Means

George Fox splits the series, 2-2, with Pacific and is now 15-11 in 2019 and 7-8 against NWC opponents this year with three NWC series remaining in the regular season.

What Happens Next

The Bruins travel to face University of Puget Sound (Wash.) in a four-game NWC series on April 6 & 7.