Greenville, IL/Eureka, IL -- The Beloit College Softball team finally got back on the field after two weeks of waiting for the weather and went 1-3 on a weekend trip to Illinois.
The Bucs split a doubleheader at Greenville College on Saturday, winning the opener 8-4 before dropping the nightcap 7-3. On Friday they fell twice at Eureka College 3-1 in eight innings in the first game and 10-2 in the second.
In the opening game at Greenville on Saturday Beloit jumped on top with a pair of unearned runs in the third inning but Greenville tied it at two with a couple of unearned runs in the fourth. The Bucs grabbed the lead for good with three runs in the fifth. Kandace Fox had a two-run single and Willow Macy followed with another single to knock in Fox and make it 5-2. The Panthers got two more unearned runs in the sixth to make it a one-run game before the Buccaneers plated three in the seventh on an Emily Dorjath and Macy doubles and a single by Fox.
Jen Zucker had 12 strikeouts to get the mound win.
In the nightcap GC jumped on top to stay with two runs in both the first and second innings before Fox cut the deficit in half with a two-run double in the third. Greenville added two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to move up 7-2. Dorjath doubled in Mikayla Martin in the seventh to close the scoring.
On Friday at Eureka, the Bucs lost a tough one in the opener. After the Red Devils went on top with a first-inning run Macy drove in Megan Salm, who had walked and was sacrificed to second, to tie it up at 1-all. Neither team could get a run across, forcing extra innings. The Buccaneers stranded a runner at third in the top of the eighth before EC ended it in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run.
Zucker struck out 12 in the tough-luck loss.
In the second game, Tala Cornell got Beloit going with her first career home run in the first but Eureka put up five runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Ashleigh Gasparola doubled in Macy in the second to close the deficit to 5-2 but that was all for the Bucs. The Red Devils scored once in the third and then four in the fifth to end it.
Beloit is off until Thursday when they are scheduled to open their home season with a doubleheader against North Central College. Action begins at 3:00 p.m. at the Strong Complex Softball Field.