Bruins poised to take conference title
With two weekends remaining in the Northwest Conference softball season, the George Fox Bruins (18-2) sit atop the conference standings with a one-game lead over Yamhill County rival Linfield College (17-3).
The Bruins reached that plateau after sweeping conference bulwark Whitworth on March 28 in doubleheader make-up games, 8-0 and 14-7. Combined with two earlier victories over the Pirates, George Fox sits in the driver's seat to beat the Wildcats for the Northwest Conference title due to its superior record versus Whitworth. Linfield lost one of four games against Whitworth and would lose the tiebreaker should they end the season with the same record as the Bruins.
The Bruins' schedule should also help them toward their goal of reaching the post-season, as they have remaining series against NWC basement dwellers Pacific Lutheran and Willamette. Linfield has remaining series against fourth-place Pacific (11-9) and fifth-place Lewis & Clark (7-13).
The Bruins padded their lead with a doubleheader sweep of Puget Sound at home on Friday, beating the Loggers 10-0 in the opener and 2-1 in the nightcap. The wins advanced the Bruins to 27-5 overall. They are also a game away from earning a program record for conference wins in a season and the win in the first game Friday also earned coach Jessica Hollen her 200th career win.
WHITTIER, Calif. – After securing a tough 11-7 road win over Whittier College on Friday, the Bruins were feeling optimistic about their chances in a doubleheader against the Johnny Poets on Saturday. However, their hopes were dashed in back-to-back close losses to send George Fox back to Newberg with a 1-3 record from their California road trip during spring break.
Despite leading 5-0 in the fifth inning of the first game of the doubleheader Saturday, the Bruins couldn't answer the Poets' seven-run outburst in the bottom of the seventh inning and succumbed 7-6.
In the second stanza the Bruins again raced to a 6-4 lead in the sixth inning, only to see the Poets pick up two runs in that inning and three runs in the seventh to outdistance the Bruins 9-6 at the end.
GFU track and field
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Bruins posted a pair of school records last weekend at the University of California – San Diego Collegiate Open. George Fox's Sarah King set a school record in the 200-meter dash, turning in a time of 24.76 to beat Asia Greene's 2017 time of 24.78. King's time is the fifth fastest in the nation so far during this young season.
Sara Turner set a new personal best time of 12.22 in the 100-meter dash to ascend to second all-time in the GFU record books. Not to be outdone, Kennedy Taube matched her teammate's time in the race and tied Turner on the all-time list.
The quartet of Kiana Rasubala, Macadia Calavan, Katie James and King logged a 3:52:42 in the 4 x 400 relay to move into sixth all-time on the GFU list.
On the men's side, Caleb Dalzell earned a mark of 177-feet 1-inch in the javelin and in the process became the top thrower in Division III this season. His throw earned him second in a meet primarily made up of Division I athletes. It also smashed the school record of 168-6, set by Charlie Keeran in 1980.
Chris Polk garnered a first-place finish in the 400 meters with a time of 48.93, Vernon Lott and Kenny May finished second and third in the 200 meters, and the 4 x 100 relay team of Polk, Lott, Colin Hyatt and Kenny May became the second-fastest team in school history with a 41.38 time at the meet, which is also the top time in the nation this season.
GFU womens tennis
ORANGE, Calif. – The Bruins suffered a 9-0 loss to Chapman University on March 28 to close out its California trip on a sour note. George Fox was defeated in both the doubles and singles matches, including losses in straight sets in singles. The Bruins finished the California trip at 0-3.
McMINNVILLE -- The Bruins remain undefeated in Northwest Conference play at 4-0 (7-2 overall) after drubbing the Linfield Wildcats 18-2 Saturday afternoon. The Bruins opened the game with eight straight goals and kept the Wildcats on their heels in assuming a 12-1 lead at halftime. Eight Bruins scored in the game, including four goals apiece from Jess Hanson and Jennifer Burke. The Bruins sit atop the NWC standings, one game ahead of Whitman in the five-team league.