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Buccaneers Run Win Streak to 4 with Sweep at Ripon

April 18, 2015

Ripon, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team ran their winning streak to four games with a Midwest Conference sweep at Ripon College on Saturday, winning 10-3 and 7-3.

In game one the Bucs scored once in the first on Emily Dorjath's RBI single and added a second run in the second on a Bethany Stavrakas groundout.  They pushed their lead to 5-0 with three runs in the fourth on a Stavrakas bunt single, a steal of home by Tala Cornell and Dorjath's second run-scoring single of the game.  After Ripon got on the board with two unearned runs in the fifth Beloit put the game out of reach with a five-run seventh.  Emalie Thern, April Apfelbaum and Stavrakas had run-scoring singles and Jordyn Ciochon hit a two-run triple.  RC closed the scoring with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Jen Zucker recorded her 11th win of the season, striking out 11 and walking three while giving up six hits and just one earned run.  Her 11 strikeouts give her 340 in her career, tied for third in Beloit history with Jamie Cassette.  Cornell, Stavrakas and Dorjath all had three hits to lead the 14-hit attack while Apfelbaum finished with two.

In game two the Buccaneers again jumped on top with two runs in the third.  Cornell hit an RBI triple to center and Stavrakas had a run-scoring single in the inning.  RC cut the lead in half with a run in the bottom of the inning.  Beloit plated three runs in the fifth with a Dorjath RBI single and two runs scoring on an error, though the Red Hawks stayed close with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

The Bucs sealed the sweep with single runs in the sixth and seventh while shutting down Ripon.  Dorjath had another RBI single in the sixth and Thern closed the scoring in the seventh with a solo home run.

Megan Salm went four-plus innings for the win while Zucker earned the save, pitching the final 2.2 innings.  Stavrakas had four hits to give her seven for the doubleheader while Cornell, Dorjath and Thern had two each.  Both Cornell and Stavrakas set a Beloit single-season mark for hits, with Cornell now at 47 and Stavrakas at 45.  They topped the previous record of 44 set by Kathy Selck and Carrie Bieniek in 1997.

The Buccaneers look to keep rolling in their final home game on Wednesday when they host Carroll University in an MWC doubleheader.  First pitch is at 3:00 p.m.