by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
NEWBERG, Ore. – The George Fox Bruins finished a sweep of the Whitworth Pirates with a pair of impressive offensive outputs in Wednesday's Northwest Conference softball doubleheader.
The Pirates fell to 16-10 overall and 9-5 in the Northwest Conference, while the Bruins moved to 23-5 overall and 14-2 in NWC play.
Game 1: George Fox 8, Whitworth 0 (5 innings)
Back-to-back-to-back home runs in the third inning gave George Fox a lead it wouldn't relinquish in a game one victory.
The Bruins hit five home runs in the win, which snapped the Bucs' eight-game win streak and ensured George Fox would win the season series between the two teams.
The first home run came in the first inning, when Annie Veatch homered to right field, giving George Fox a 2-0 lead.
Whitworth nearly got one run back in the next frame when Michelle Silva doubled and Desi Graham hit an infield single with two outs, putting runners on first and third. They weren't able to capitalize, however, as Madelyn Carlson struck out to end the threat.
The Bruins put the game away in the third inning. Kimi Ito, Roni Braun, and Allison Meyer hit three straight home runs to give George Fox a 7-0 lead. Alex Parker would add another in the fourth inning to ensure that the Bruins had a margin large enough to win after five innings.
Game 2: George Fox 14, Whitworth 7
The Pirates got their offense back on track in game two, but it wasn't enough to pull off a split.
George Fox, however, took a commanding lead with eight runs in the second and third innings, powered by a two-RBI double from Roni Braun and a three-run home run from Allison Meyer.
The Bucs responded with six runs in the third and fourth innings to pull within one. Kinsey McNaught drove in three of the Pirate runs with a groundout in the third and two-RBI triple to right field in the fourth. Silva, Lowery, and Gayer each contributed RBIs as well.
After the Pirates rallied to get back in the game, the Bruins extended the lead once again. George Fox tallied six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held the Whitworth bats silent for the final three frames to earn the sweep.
Looking Ahead: The Pirates return home to square off with Linfield in a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.