Rosemont, IL -- The Beloit College softball team dodged the rain on Wednesday afternoon, but their slow starts on the field proved to be costly for the Bucs against Elmhurst College, falling 6-3 and 8-1 in The Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont, Illinois.
The Bluejays got on top early in game one, putting up three runs in the first two innings while holding Beloit scoreless. Junior Taurie Burns broke open the Bucs' hitting in the top of the fifth with her two out single to left field. April Apfelbaum followed Burns' hit with one of her own but the Bluejays were able to keep the Bucs off the board. Beloit's bats came to life in the sixth starting with Tala Cornell's leadoff single up the middle. After she moved to second on Bethany Stavrakas' sac bunt and to third on Maddie Terlap's infield single, Tatiyana Rodriguez was able to drive both Cornell and Terlap home with a triple to the wall in left. Mikayla Martin followed up with a single to center field, sending Rodriguez home and giving the Bucs' their third run. Emalie Thern trailed Martin's single with a double to right center but Beloit's bats were then shut down, leaving two runners stranded. The offense was quiet in the 7th and the comeback could not be completed, as the Bucs fell 6-3.
Pitching duties were split between Martin and Sonya Myscofski. All six runs given up by the Bucs were earned. Beloit scored early in game two, pushing across a run in the top of the first. Cornell led off the inning with a walk, but was forced at second as Stavrakas reached on a fielder's choice. Stavrakas advanced to second after a Terlap line out to center, Rodriguez followed with a single to left. Thern scored Stavrakas with a bases loaded single up the middle.
After the first, the Bluejays limited Beloit to just four hits in the remaining six innings. Elmhurst pitcher Stephanie Sturino picked up the win as she struck out five and walked none in her four innings of work.
Myscofski started the game on the mound for the Buccaneers. She was relieved of her pitching duties in the fourth inning after giving up nine hits and six runs. Alyssa Boltik finished the game, limiting the Bluejays to four hits in her three innings.
Thern's bat stayed hot for the Bucs, finishing the day 3 for 4 with an RBI. Terlap, Rodriguez, and Erica Stalo each collected two hits in the day's work.
The Bucs head back on the road this weekend, first taking on Illinois College in a doubleheader on Saturday, then on to Monmouth College for two games on Sunday. Both doubleheaders are set to begin at 1:00PM.