Milwaukee, WI -- The Beloit College softball team relied on solid pitching and clutch hitting to sweep a pair of non-conference road games against Alverno College, topping the Inferno 5-1 and 2-0 on Tuesday.
In the opener, Alverno jumped on top first, putting up a run in the bottom of the second as Kristen Hulob scored on a Megan Hernandez single up the middle. But Bucs' starter Mikayla Martin stopped the mini rally right there and doused the Inferno's scoring chances thereafter, allowing just four base runners for the remainder of the game. Beloit tied the game and took the lead in the fourth when Maddie Terlap reached on a fielder's choice and was pushed to third on Emalie Thern's shot down the right field line. Freshmen Tatiyana Rodriguez and Alex Kohn came up with back-to-back singles up the middle, scoring Terlap and Thern respectively. Beloit got an insurance run in the fifth and, in the top of the seventh, got the icing on the cake when senior Tala Cornell overtook the Beloit College Softball all-time home run record with a two-run blast over the left field fence. Cornell's homer, her first of the season, was the 18th of her career. The shot broke a tie with Carrie Bieniek for the Beloit College career home run record. Bieniek hit her 17 long balls from 1994-97.
Martin went the distance to pick up her second win of the season. The senior struck out three and walked none while allowing just six hits in her seven innings of work.
In game two, the Inferno's bats were kept quiet by freshmen pitcher Alyssa Boltik, who battled for all seven innings to earn the first win of her career. Boltik faced 28 batters and allowed just six hits, while striking out one and walking none. The Beloit offense backed Boltik with two runs in the top of the sixth. Pinch hitter Monica Smith grabbed a key two-out single up the middle. April Apfelbaum replaced Smith on the bases, stole second, and eventually took third on Erica Stalo's infield single to third base. Stalo stole second and they both scored on Tala Cornell's clutch single to center field, which proved to be the winning runs.
Cornell and Rodriguez each finished the day 4-for-7 at the plate. Cornell had 4 RBIs and a run scored.
Beloit returns to the diamond for a doubleheader against the Bluejays of Elmhurst College on Wednesday, March 30th at Salt Creek Park in Elmhurst, Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm.