Apr 13, 2019

Bruins Split Saturday's Doubleheader With Lutes

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 Pacific Lutheran in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader, splitting the pair of games with a 12-7 loss in game one and a 7-6 win in game two.

Recap:

Game One:

The Bruins beat the Lutes onto the scoreboard, scratching across a run in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Kimi Ito singled, and then Alyssa Gonzalez batted her in with a double to right center.

Pacific Lutheran responded with runs in the top of the second and third, storming back to take a 4-1 lead.

The Bruins cut into the lead in the bottom of the fourth. With runners on first and second, Katie Ladd hit a two-RBI double to make it, 4-3.

The Lutes came right back with three runs in the top of the fifth, setting the score at 7-3.

George Fox kept the game competitive by staying on the gas pedal. The bottom of the fifth again saw a Bruin hit a two-RBI double; although this time, it was Aaliyah Kautz who batted in Allison Meyer and Claire Fountain to cut the lead to just two, 7-5.

Pacific Lutheran exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth in an effort to put the game out of reach, setting the score at 12-5.

In the bottom of the sixth, Roni Braun batted in a runner with a double and Fountain popped up a sac-fly to allow Gonzalez to score, but it was ultimately not enough as the Bruins dropped a hard-fought game, 12-7.

Game Two:

In game two, Pacific Lutheran was the first to get on the board after scratching across a run in the top of the first.

The Bruins responded in the bottom of the third. Gonzalez batted in Ito with a double, and then Braun smashed a two-RBI homer out of right field. The effort put George Fox on top, 3-1.

Two runs from the Lutes in the top of the fourth evened the score at three apiece.

Tanner Higgins responded for the Bruins in the bottom of the fourth, homering out of center field to give the home team the lead.

Pacific Lutheran came right back with three runs in the top of the fifth to keep the seesaw going, giving them a 6-4 lead.

Fountain and Kautz stepped up in the bottom of the fifth, hitting home runs in consecutive at-bats to tie the game at 6-6. The Bruins were not done, however, as Meyer stepped up to box with the game tied and cracked a homer out of center field, giving the home team a 7-6 lead.

The Lutes were unable to close the gap in the top of the sixth and seventh as the Bruins brought home a solid win, 7-6.

Top Performers:

Game One:

Kautz and Ladd paced the Bruins in game one with two RBIs apiece.

Game Two:

A whopping five Bruins hit home runs in game two. Braun, Higgins, Fountain, Kautz, and Meyer were all unstoppable in the solid win. Caitlyn Rhoades closed out the game in the circle to earn the win the final three innings.

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 20-12 overall and 12-9 in conference play. The Bruins currently sit in fourth place in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins host Pacific Lutheran on Sunday, April 14, in games three and four of their conference series at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm.