Winter Haven, FL -- The Beloit College Softball team left runners on base and it proved to be costly in a pair of defeats on Monday at the Rebel Spring Games. The Bucs lost to Washington College of Maryland 6-1 and to Catholic University 8-4.
In the first game against Washington, who defeated the Buccaneers 7-2 in the season opener Sunday, Beloit again had a slow start. But they broke through in the bottom of the third when Tala Cornell drove in Taurie Burns for the game's first run. They had another potential run nipped at the plate in the inning and also left a third runner in scoring position.
Jen Zucker made the slim lead stand up until the Shorewomen tied it up with an unearned run in the top of the sixth. After the Bucs left a runner at second with one out in the bottom of the inning WC scored five times in the top of the seventh to win going away. Beloit went in order in the bottom of the inning.
Zucker finished with 10 strikeouts in the game, pushing her career total to 237 in two-plus seasons.
In the nightcap, Beloit left 12 runners on base, seven in scoring position.
The Bucs jumped on top with two runs in the top of one, getting RBIs from Cornell and Emily Dorjath. But the Cardinals tallied three times in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Beloit regained the lead in the top of the second on Maddie Terlap's run-scoring triple and Bethany Stavrakas' score on a passed ball, only to see Catholic score twice in the bottom of the second to make it a 5-4 game thru two. CU increased their lead, and closed out the scoring, with three unearned runs in the fourth after Beloit had left the bases loaded in the top of the inning.
Dorjath was on base four times in the game with two walks, an RBI single and a fielder's choice. Jordyn Ciochon reached base three times with a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Zucker pitched the final four-plus innings in relief, striking out six for a total of 16 on the day.
After a day off Tuesday the Buccaneers look to turn the tide Wednesday with games against Farmingdale State, out of New York, and Albion College of Michigan in Kissimmee. Action begins at 10:00 a.m. ET.