Sweep keeps the Bruins level with Linfield
PORTLAND – After beginning the league season against the other title contenders in the Northwest Conference – Whitworth and Linfield – the George Fox softball team has been tearing its way through the rest of the league.
That includes a four-game sweep over Lewis & Clark over the weekend that extended the Bruins' winning streak to eight games and pushed them into a tie for first-place with Linfield.
George Fox (21-5, 12-2 NWC) was dominant on Saturday, rolling to 19-2 and 6-0 victories.
The Bruins got more of a challenge in the first game Sunday, but scored three runs in the sixth inning and held on for a 7-5 victory. That game proved to be the outlier in the series, as George Fox pounded out 18 hits in a 15-2 win in the finale on Sunday.
The Bruins opened the league slate with a pair of wins over Whitworth (16-8, 9-3), but had the second pair rained out. The two teams will make up those games at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 28) in Newberg.
George Fox 4-8, Willamette 8-3 – The Bruins split Saturday's doubleheader in Salem after jumping out to a 4-1 lead after two innings in game two. The Bearcats scored twice in the eighth to make it 5-3, but GFU responded with three runs in the ninth to seal the win.
Willamette 10, George Fox 4 – Despite the loss, the Bruins (15-11, 9-9 NWC) now find themselves in third place, though Puget Sound (7-7) and Whitworth (7-7) are even with them in the loss column.
Pomona-Pitzer 16, George Fox 15 – Meredith Teel scored on a free-position shot to tie the contest at 15-15 with 3:53 remaining, but the Sagehens got the game winner from Emma Sheridan with 41 seconds left Saturday.
George Fox 16, Whittier 9 – The Bruins (6-1) trailed only once and closed on a 4-1 run to earn a road win Monday.
George Fox 5, Whittier 4 – Baker Keaten won 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles to give the Bruins the win Friday morning.
George Fox 8, Occidental 1 – The Bruins cruised in the second match of the day Friday, sweeping all six singles matches.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 8, George Fox 1 – Spencer Watanabe and Will Leach won 8-6 at No. 1 doubles for the Bruins' (9-3) lone win Saturday.
George Fox 8, Pacific 1 – The Bruins (5-7, 2-4) rolled to their second league win Friday in Beaverton.