Beloit, WI -- Despite rainy and cold conditions, the Beloit College softball team was able to get in both games of their doubleheader against Carroll University on Wednesday evening, though they dropped both, 15-6 and 6-0 in their first home games of the 2016 season.
The opening game was back-and-forth battle for the lead. The Pioneers jumped on top with a quick run in the first, two more in the second and a third in the top of the third before the Bucs pushed across four of their own in the bottom of the inning. Taurie Burns led off the third by reaching on a throwing error from short and taking second base on the play. Tala Cornell followed Burns' heads-up baserunning with a single to left and advanced to third on an error by Carroll's left fielder. Bethany Stavrakas reached base on a single, as did Maddie Terlap on a Pioneer error, scoring Cornell. Tatiyana Rodriguez found first base with a single to the pitcher to load the bases for the Bucs. With one out, Mikayla Martin capitalized on Carroll's defensive miscues with a double to left, scoring two more for Beloit.
The Buccaneers jumped ahead in the 4th with Cornell's third homerun of the season but Carroll's two-run 5th inning enabled them to regain the lead. In their half of the fifth, Beloit was able to push another run across to tie the game but lost hope of holding on for a win when three errors and six walks cost the Bucs seven runs in the top of the sixth. Beloit offense was shut down by pitcher Hannah Miller in the 6th and 7th innings, earning Miller the win for the Pioneers.
Pitching duties for Beloit were shared between starter Mikayla Martin and reliever Alyssa Boltik, who took over for Martin with two outs in the sixth. Martin walked away with the loss, falling to 2-8 on the season.
Boltik began game two in the circle for the Bucs, giving up ten hits in her seven innings of work. Beloit on the other hand, gave her little offensive support, finishing the game with only four hits. In the sixth inning, the Bucs saw their best scoring chance of the game, when Emalie Thern hit a two-out double to center and Martin followed with a single to left that pushed Thern to third. However, the rally stopped there as Bucs couldn't bring either around to score.
Thern finished the game with two hits. Stavrakas' single in the fourth inning completed the Buccaneer offense for game two.
Beloit is back on the road this weekend, playing four Midwest Conference games over the two-day span. They first travel to Lake Forest College for a double header on Saturday afternoon, then down to Knox College on Sunday for two more games. Each days' games are set to begin at 1 pm.