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GFU sports round-up: The Washington school pulls away late to take all three games in Newberg

The late innings, the seventh in particular, were not kind to the George Fox baseball team over the weekend.

In each of three home games versus Whitworth Saturday and Sunday, the visitors broke open close contests with key hits and went on to sweep the Bruins.PHOTO COURTESY OF GFU - Zachary Muenster hauls in a fly ball on the warning track Sunday during George Fox's 5-3 home loss to Whitworth.

In 5-2 and 9-2 losses in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, both breakthroughs came in the top of the seventh inning.

In the opener, Matthew Nelson blasted a two-run home run off starter Dustin Wells to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh and the Pirates (9-6, 3-5 NWC) added another run before the inning was done.

In Saturday's nightcap, Whitworth exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh to turn a 2-0 lead into a rout. That included a grand slam by Jordan McGowan and the two runs that the Bruins (5-12, 4-8) mustered in the bottom half were too little, too late.

The Pirates held a 2-1 lead through five innings in the series finale Sunday, but doubled their advantage with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth frame.

George Fox cut the deficit to two by scoring a single run in the bottom half of the sixth and the Whitworth added an insurance run in the top of the eighth to make the final score 5-2.

The Bruins, who sit in eighth place in the NWC, will travel to play three versus Whitman Saturday and Sunday.

Softball

George Fox 9-5, Pacific Lutheran 4-4 — The Bruins jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings in the opener, helping Madison Sorenson pick up her fourth win of the year. GFU then rallied from a 4-0 deficit after one inning in game two, getting a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI single and a fielder's choice.

George Fox 11-2, Pacific Lutheran 2-3 — The Bruins exploded for 10 runs over three innings to invoke the mercy rule after six innings in the first game Sunday. George Fox (8-6, 4-4 NWC) nearly pulled off the sweep after pulling ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning in the series finale Sunday, but the Lutes (11-5, 7-3 NWC) scored two in the bottom half of the frame and held on for a 3-2 win.

Men's tennis

George Fox 9, Pacific Lutheran 0 — The Bruins dominated the Lutes Saturday, winning all six singles matches in straight sets while losing a total of 11 games.

George Fox 5, William Jewell 4 — The Bruins rallied to eke out their first victory over an NCAA Division II opponent this season Sunday in Riverside, Calif. George Fox trailed 4-3 and both No. 1 and No. 5 singles players Spencer Watanabe and Jacob Farmer both lost the opening sets of their matches, but came back for three-set wins to lift the team to victory.

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