Beloit, WI -- Sporting pink socks and pink jerseys in support of the Midwest Conference's quest to Play for the Cure, the Beloit College softball team split a pair of non-conference games against UW-Platteville on Thursday evening, victorious in the opener 5-3, and falling in the nightcap 14-12.
Game one started off with an early run for both teams, the Bucs earning theirs from a lead-off triple by Tala Cornell and an RBI single from Bethany Stavrakas. Beloit bats came alive again in the bottom of the fourth inning, as they put up three more runs. Ashley Lambert reached base on an error by the Pioneer's shortstop, and Jordyn Ciochon entered the game as Lambert's pinch runner. Ciochon advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and took third when Stavrakas reached base on the Pioneer's second error of the inning. Cornell, who had been hit by a pitch, moved to second base on the play. Maddie Terlap knocked Ciochon and Cornell in with her single to left, and Tatiyana Rodriguez rounded up Beloit scoring for the inning with an RBI single to center, scoring Stavrakas. The Bucs scored their fifth and final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth with Cornell's solo homer, her fourth of the season.
Stavrakas finished the game with three hits and one run scored. Cornell, Terlap, and Rodriguez each had two.
Mikayla Martin threw the complete game for Beloit, scattering eight hits and three runs, only two of them earned.
Buccaneer bats stayed hot for the second game, though they were unable to complete the sweep of the Pioneers. Beloit took an early lead in the bottom of the first when Terlap's bunt to the pitcher scored Cornell, who had led off with a double and took third on Stavrakas' single to the third baseman. The Bucs put up four more runs in the bottom of the second, but Platteville pushed ahead in the top of the third, scoring seven runs off of six hits. Runs were traded between the teams for the remainder of the game, and the Bucs went into their seventh inning down by six. Ciochon led off the inning with a single to right center and Alex Kohn pushed Ciochon to second with her walk. With two outs, Erica Stalo loaded the bases with a single, and Martin pushed a run across with a shot down the left field line. Lambert followed with a two-run hit to right-center, scoring Stalo and Kohn. Taurie Burns then scored Martin with a single to left center, but the Pioneers then stopped the Beloit rally and the Bucs were unable to complete the comeback.
Pitching duties were split between Martin, Alyssa Boltik, and Sonya Myscofski. The trio gave up 15 hits and 14 runs, 12 of them earned. Boltik suffered the loss.
The Bucs are back in action next Wednesday, continuing conference play with a doubleheader at Lawrence University. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.