Appleton, WI – The Beloit College softball team traveled north on Wednesday afternoon to take on the Vikings of Lawrence University in a Midwest Conference matchup. The Bucs dropped both games, falling 6-4 in the opener, and 6-5 in the nightcap.
Tala Cornell’s five hits on the day put her at 142 hits throughout her four years of work thus far, moving her into the top spot on the Beloit College softball record list for most hits in a career. The senior leads the team in over ten offensive categories, including batting average, hits, total bases, and RBIs.
Beloit took an early lead in game one, as Cornell started the game with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Bethany Stavrakas’ single moved Cornell to third, and Maddie Terlap drove her in with a single to center field. However, the Vikings put a run of their own on the board in the 2nd, tying the game until the 3rd, when Lawrence jumped ahead with another run. The Vikings had a big 5th inning, putting up an additional four runs off of four hits.
The Bucs found their bats again in the top of the 6th, when Mikayla Martin led off the inning with a double. Freshman Ashley Lambert followed up with a walk, and was replaced by Jordyn Ciochon on the bases. The pair advanced when April Apfelbaum was hit by a pitch and loaded the bases for Cornell’s single through the left side. Emily Malarski, pinch hitting for Stavrakas, put the ball into right field and scored Ciochon and Apfelbaum, but the Bucs were stopped there before they could push ahead of Lawrence.
Martin was in the circle for the duration of game one, giving up eight hits in her six innings of work.
Game two began in a similar fashion with Cornell leading off with a single to left, and took second on Stavrakas’ sacrifice bunt. Martin’s double down the left field line scored Cornell, and the Bucs finishing the first inning with one run on the board. Beloit and Lawrence traded runs until the 6th inning, where the Vikings pushed past Beloit by three. The Bucs’ bats were alive in the top of the 7th, leading off the inning with a Malarski single. Taurie Burns pushed Malarski to second with a single of her own, and the pair advanced on Apfelbaum’s groundout to shortstop. Freshman Erica Stalo scored Malarski on a hard-hit ball to short, also moving Burns into scoring position for Cornell. Cornell’s RBI single put the Bucs’ tying run on base, but Lawrence shut down the rally there and completed the sweep of Beloit.
Alyssa Boltik allowed 12 hits in her 5.1 innings on the mound, suffering the loss.
The Bucs look to take on Ripon College in a Midwest Conference doubleheader on Saturday, during which the Beloit College softball team will honor past softball Buccaneers for their Alumni Recognition Day. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.