Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College softball team split a pair of Midwest Conference games against St. Norbert College on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs fell 6-5 in the nightcap, but their 4-2 victory in game one gave head coach Kim Zarling her 400th career win.
Beloit kicked off game one with an early run in the second inning. Taurie Burns lead off the inning with a single to center, and took second on an error by the Green Knight's center fielder. With two outs, freshman Erica Stalo scored Burns with her RBI single. St. Norbert defense buckled down to get their third out before giving up another run, but the Bucs' bats were still hot in the third, where they put up another two runs. Ashley Lambert's single up the middle scored Bethany Stavrakas, who had singled, and Jordyn Ciochon, who was running for designated hitter Tatiyana Rodriguez.
The Green Knights pushed two runs of their own across the plate in the top of the fourth, but Beloit answered back with an insurance run to seal the deal. April Apfelbaum, who had been hit by a pitch, scored Beloit's fourth and final run in game one, crossing the plate on Tala Cornell's double to left.
Cornell, Stalo, and Stavrakas each had two hits in the game. Cornell and Stalo contributed with an RBI each, and Stavrakas with a run scored.
Mikayla Martin picked up the win after going the distance for the Bucs. She scattered just seven hits and struck out two in her seven innings of work.
The victory earned Kim Zarling her 400th career win as head coach. She took over the Beloit College program prior to the 2008 season. Before Beloit, Zarling coached at the University of South Dakota for 12 seasons.
In game two, St. Norbert took the lead with one run in the first inning, but Beloit bats were able to match it with a run in the 3rd. Lambert had singled through the left side, scoring Stavrakas, who led off the inning with her own single. When the Green Knights responded with a run in the fourth, Beloit went to work and snagged a pair of runs on Cornell's two-run homerun to left.
The Green Knights and Buccaneers continued to banter back and forth; St. Norbert scoring a pair of runs in the fifth and one more in the 6th, and Beloit putting up two in the 6th to tie the game. Stalo reached base with a single to right field, and was pushed to second on Cornell's walk. Stavrakas drove Stalo in when she reached base by an St. Norbert error, and Cornell tied the game with her run on Martin's ground out to the short stop. Despite the Bucs' best defensive effort, St. Norbert scored again in the top of the 7th to earn the win and the split on the day.
Alyssa Boltik and Martin split pitching duties for game two, Boltik throwing the first 4.2, and Martin coming in as relief in the 5th. Together, the pair allowed seven hits.
The Bucs return to the diamond on Sunday afternoon with two more Midwest Conference games, taking on the Red Hawks of Ripon College. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.