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Bucs Go Extra Innings to Earn Sweep at Rockford

April 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Buccaneer Softball

Rockford, IL -- The Beloit College Softball team needed a comeback and extra innings but came through with a sweep of Rockford College on Wednesday afternoon, winning the nightcap 8-7 in eight innings after winning the opener 8-0.

In game two the Buccaneers jumped on top with Praises Vega's RBI single in the first.  After Rockford got a run in the bottom of the inning Beloit scored twice in the second on a Kourtney Kingslien single and Sara Stariha's double.

The Regents grabbed the lead in the bottom of two with four runs and added another in the fourth to push their lead to 6-3.  The Bucs got one back in the fifth on a Tess Jacquez run-scoring single but RC matched that run with one of their own to lead 7-4 through five.

Down to their last at-bats, the Buccaneers scored three times in the seventh.  Kandace Fox tripled in a run, Jacquez had another RBI single, and then Kingslien forced extra innings with a two-out single.

In the eighth Vega got the game-winner on a groundout, scoring Stariha, who had doubled.

Katy Sandt got the win in relief with three innings of no-hit pitching, striking out six.  Kingslien finished with three hits while Stariha, Fox, Jacquez and Tara Grode all had two.

In game one, Sandt dominated from the beginning while Fox drove in half of the Buccaneer runs.

Beloit got things going with three in the first on Fox's two-run double and a McKenzie Falker's RBI single.  They pushed the lead to 4-0 in the second when Stariha scored an unearned run after tripling.

Three more crossed the plate in the fourth to make it 7-0, with Vega hitting a run-scoring triple and Fox a two-run home run.  The Bucs ended the game early with their final run in the fifth on Stariha's RBI.

Sandt recorded her fifth shutout of the season, allowing just two hits while striking out nine with no walks.  Fox, Stariha, Jacquez and Sandt each had two hits.

The Buccaneers return to Midwest Conference play on Saturday when they host Carroll University for two games at the Strong Complex Field.  It will be Senior Day for the 1:00 p.m. start, recognizing Jacquez, the team's lone senior.