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Buccaneers Score First Win of Trip

March 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Jennifer Zucker 

Kissimmee, FL -- The Beloit College Softball team has been showing flashes of putting it all together during the first three days of play at the Rebel Spring Games.  On Thursday it all came together in a pair of well-played games.  The Bucs lost 3-1 to Widener University in the morning game before topping Westminster College 8-7 in the afternoon for their first win of the Spring Trip.

Against Westminster, the Titans scored twice in the top of the first before Beloit cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning when Kandace Fox drove in Mikayla Martin.  The Buccaneers tied it at 2-all in the second when Tala Cornell scored on an error.

WC re-took the lead in the third with two runs before the Bucs grabbed the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the inning.  Fox got her second RBI of the game, driving in Martin for the second time, and Megan Salm hit a two-run double to score Fox and Tara Grode, who had also doubled.  Emily Dorjath then put an exclamation point on the lead with a three-run home run, her second long ball of the trip, in the fourth inning to give Beloit an 8-4 lead.

Westminster kept battlling with three runs in the fifth to pull back to within one run but Jen Zucker, who took the mound in the second inning allowed one hit over the last two innings, including a 1-2-3 seventh, to secure the win.

In the first game Widener broke up a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth and another tally in the fifth for a 3-0 advantage.  The Buccaneers tried to put together a rally in the top of the seventh inning when Salm capped off three straight singles with an RBI to score Fox.  But after a sacrifice bunt to move Grode and Salm into scoring position, the Pride got the final two outs with a strikeout and a fly out.

Fox finished the day with five hits while Grode and Martin each had two.

Beloit wraps up their trip with two games on Friday, taking on Roger Williams University of Rhode Island and Webster University of Missouri beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST.