Kissimmee, FL -- Beloit Softball ended the final day of their spring break trip on Friday, dropping a pair of tightly contested games, first to the Lions of Mount St. Joseph University, 7-5 and later, 4-0 to Baldwin Wallace University.
In the opener, the Bucs jumped on Mount St. Joseph early. They broke open the scoring in the bottom of the first when senior right fielder Tala Cornell singled up the middle with one out, swiped second, and came around to score on a Mikayla Martin shot to center. April Apfelbaum led off the second with her own single up the middle, was sacrificed to second and eventually scored on Cornell's second hit of the game giving the Bucs an early 2-0 lead. The Lions roared back with four runs of their own in the third inning off freshman pitcher Sonya Myscofski, and single runs in each of the next three innings. The Bucs attempted to stage a comeback in the bottom of the sixth with three runs on three hits including a triple from Taurie Burns but the rally fell short and the Lions prevailed.
Cornell finished the game with three hits and two RBIs. Apfelbaum and Bethany Stavrakas each added two hits.
In the final game of the Buccaneer spring trip, Baldwin Wallace pitcher Samantha Dostall shut down Beloit's offense, limiting them to just one hit, a Maddie Terlap first inning single to center. Dostall shut down the Bucs' bats for the remainder of the game, walking just one and striking out seven Beloit batters.
Mikayla Martin pitched well for the Bucs, giving up eight hits and four runs, but only two were earned.
The Bucs finished the week with a 1-9 record. They will return to Wisconsin to take on the Inferno of Alverno College on March 22nd in Milwaukee. First pitch is at 3:00 pm CST.