Apr 11, 2019

Bruins Finish Series Sweep Of Puget Sound

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

TACOMA --- The George Fox softball traveled to Washington on Thursday, April 11, facing Puget Sound in a pair of games initially slated for Saturday, April 6th that were postponed due to weather. They won both in commanding fashion, 7-0 and 10-0, respectively.

Recap:

Game One:

The Bruins were able to get on the board first, pushing across three runs in the top of the second. Olivia Nelson batted in Allison Meyer from second base with a single to left field. A single by Kimi Ito placed runners on first and second, and Alyssa Gonzalez and Roni Braun each hit RBI singles in consecutive at-bats to round out the inning.

The visiting Bruins kept it up in the top of the fourth. Ito started it off with a double, then Gonzalez walked to first. Braun stepped to the plate and was able to reach first on an error by the shortstop, allowing Ito to run home. A walk from Savannah Vargas stacked the bases for the Bruins. Meyer stepped up and hit a beautiful two RBI double, sending home Braun and Gonzalez. On the next at-bat, Aaliyah Kautz grounded out to third base, but Vargas was able to reach home to make it four runs in the inning, giving George Fox a 7-0 lead.

Puget Sound was unable to get anything going against George Fox as the Bruins took game one easily, 7-0.

Game Two:

The Bruins wasted no time in game two. They loaded the bases, then a single from Meyer allowed Vargas and Braun to reach home as George Fox took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

The top of the second was much of the same. Allisa Yabumoto singled, then Ito doubled, and Gonzalez walked as the Bruins stacked the bases yet again. Braun stepped to the plate and managed to reach first on a fielder's choice, allowing Yabumoto to score. Gonzalez managed to reach home after Braun stole second, then third.

Puget Sound had no answer for the Bruins as another run from the visiting team made it 5-0 in the top of the third.

The Bruins exploded in the top of the fifth, scratching across five runs. Yabumoto smashed a two-RBI homer, then Braun hit a homer, then Claire Fountain hit yet another two-RBI homer. The torrent of offense ended the game as the mercy rule went into play, 10-0.

A 10-0 win in game two gave the Bruins the sweep over Puget Sound.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Meyer's two-RBI double paced the Bruins in game one, and Gonzalez, Braun, Kautz and Nelson all batted in a runner. Sarah Sorton was on fire for the Bruins in the circle, throwing six strikeouts while allowing just two hits in the shutout.

Game Two:

A host of Bruins showed out in game two. Braun went a perfect 2-2 at the plate for two runs and two RBI. Meyer and Yabumoto each batted in a pair of runners while going an effective 2-3 at the plate. Fountain's two RBI homer ended the game and rounded out the Bruins' impressive outing. Winter Ridgeway earned the win on the mound, throwing four strikeouts while allowing just one hit.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 19-11 overall and 11-8 in conference play, climbing into fourth place in the NWC standings with the sweep of the Loggers.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Pacific Lutheran in a double-header on Saturday, April 13th at 12:00pm and 2:30pm.