Jacksonville, IL -- The Beloit College softball team battled strong winds and hot bats when facing the Lady Blues of Illinois College on Saturday afternoon, falling 9-0 and 13-2 in their Midwest Conference opening games.
In game one, the Lady Blues came out fighting at the plate, earning six runs on ten hits off Beloit starter Mikayla Martin. Sonya Myscofski relieved Martin in the fifth inning, who gave up the final three runs on a based-loaded triple before the game was called early.
Lack of offensive greatly contributed to the Beloit loss, as the Lady Blues held the Bucs to just four hits in five innings. Emalie Thern, Maddie Terlap, and Tala Cornell picked up the only hits of the game, Cornell and Terlap both in the first inning. Thern went 2-for-2 in game one, with a double to right-center in the fourth.
In game two, Beloit showed promise as they put up two runs in the top of the first. Cornell and Bethany Stavrakas started off the game with back-to-back singles, and both scored on Tatiyana Rodriguez's double. However, Buccaneer scoring was stopped there, while the Lady Blues were just beginning. Illinois College scored ten runs, eight of which were earned, on ten hits during Alyssa Boltik's 3.2 innings of work on the mound. Myscofski was again brought in to stop the IC rally, but the Lady Blues' bats were ready for everything thrown at them. Myscofski let up three runs on four hits before the game was again stopped early.
The Bucs' record fell to 3-13 overall and 0-2 in Midwest Conference play. They continue their weekend road trip with two games at Monmouth College on Sunday afternoon. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.