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Buccaneers Settle for Split with Carroll in Home Finale; Fox Joins 100-Hit Club

April 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Kandace Fox

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team kept their postseason hopes alive with a split against Carroll University on Wednesday at the Strong Complex Softball Field, winning the opener 3-1 before dropping the nightcap 11-3.

Kandace Fox, the lone Buccaneer senior, played her final home games for Beloit in the twinbill.

In the first game the Bucs got on the board in the third inning with three unearned runs.  Megan Salm hit a two-run single to drive in Tala Cornell and Bethany Stavrakas.  Emily Dorjath then followed Salm with a double to drive in the third run of the inning and make it 3-0.  Carroll dented the scoreboard in the sixth with their only run but left two in scoring position.

Jennifer Zucker got the win on the mound for Beloit, escaping several jams while scattering seven hits.  Ranked 16th in NCAA Division III in strikeouts, she struck out eight and walked none.  

In game two the Pioneers got all the runs they'd need in the first inning, plating six on seven hits and two Buccaneer errors.  Beloit responded with two in the bottom of the first, both scoring on Salm's two-run double.  CU made it 7-2 with a run in the second and then put the game away with four runs, all unearned, in the fifth.

The Bucs got their final run in the bottom of the fifth when Fox, in her final home at-bat, drove in Tara Grode, who had singled to lead off the inning.  Fox's hit was her second of the day, making her the ninth member of Buccaneers Softball's 100-career hit club.

Beloit closes out Midwest Conference play at St. Norbert College in De Pere on Saturday.  Action begins at 1:00 p.m.