Monmouth, IL -- The Beloit College softball team traveled south to Illinois to take on the Scots of Monmouth College in a double header on Sunday afternoon. Despite two tough-fought battles, the Bucs were sent home having been defeated twice, dropping the first game 5-1 and the second 8-7.
Tala Cornell started off game two with a bang, hitting a homerun over the left field fence and giving the Bucs an early lead. However, Monmouth’s hot bats from game one continued, putting up three runs of their own off Beloit starter Alyssa Boltik. With two outs, Mikayla Martin took over pitching duties for the Bucs and slowed the Scots for the remainder of the first and the second innings.
Disciplined Buccaneer bats and a series of Monmouth errors led to a one-run second inning and a four-run third for Beloit. Cornell led off the third with a single down the left field line and took second on a wild pitch. Bethany Stavrakas reached on an error and was followed by a Maddie Terlap sacrifice bunt. Tatiyana Rodriguez also found first base due to an error, scoring Cornell in the process. Martin was awarded first after being hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Ashley Lambert, who worked a walk scoring one. Junior Taurie Burns followed Lambert with a hard single to right, scoring Rodriguez. With two outs, Martin crossed the plate on a passed ball, giving the Bucs their fourth run of the inning.
Beloit put up their seventh run of the game in the fourth, but was shut down offensively thereafter, scattering just four baserunners throughout the remainder of the game. The Scots battled at the plate, tying the game with a run in the fifth and plating the game-winner in the 6th off a Beloit error.
Martin finished the game giving up six Monmouth hits but only one earned run. Untimely miscues led to four Scot unearned runs. She suffered the loss and fell to 2-7 on the year.
In game one, Beloit was limited to just three hits off Monmouth starter Liz Hippen, scoring their lone run in the third inning. Stavrakas reached base on an error by the catcher, on a play which scored Martin who had begun the inning with a single.
Sonya Myscofski started the game on the mound for the visitors but struggled, allowing two Monmouth walks, two hits and three runs, limiting her outing to just five batters. Martin took over duties in the circle, scattering six hits during her 4.2 innings of work. Beloit finished the game with Boltik on the mound, who did not allow a hit in her only inning of work.
The Bucs are back in action on Wednesday afternoon when they take on Carroll University in their long awaited home opener. Beloit will be celebrating Division III Student-Athlete Week by inviting local softball players from around the area to come enjoy the games and spend time with the team. The first game is set to begin at 3:00 pm at the Softball Field at Strong Stadium.