Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College softball team buckled down to sweep the Red Hawks of Ripon College on Sunday afternoon, taking the first game 5-3 and the second 8-4.
Tight Beloit defense shut down Ripon College for the first two innings in game one, though the Red Hawks broke open scoring with two runs in the top of the third. Beloit put their bats to work to respond to the Red Hawk rally. With bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Buccaneer freshman Tatiyana Rodriguez hit a base-clearing double to right center. Ashley Lambert pushed Rodriguez around the bases to score Beloit's fourth run of the inning before the Red Hawks stopped the Bucs' offensive momentum for the moment. Beloit scored their fifth and final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth, when Mikayla Martin's double to right center scored Tala Cornell, who had walked.
Martin completed the game in the circle for the Bucs, spreading the nine Red Hawk hits throughout her seven innings of work. The win earned Martin five on the season.
In game two, Ripon came out with fighting bats, putting up two runs in the first inning. Beloit answered back with a Cornell double to lead off the inning, and a Rodriguez double to left center, scoring Cornell and Martin, who had previously walked. The Bucs broke the tie in the bottom of the 5th when heads-up base running by Maddie Terlap resulted in a run off of Martin's grounder to first base with the bases loaded. With one out and the bases still full, Lambert walked and pushed in Cornell. Burns followed Lambert with an RBI ground-out to short stop, and Emily Malarski's two run double to left center scored the Bucs' fourth and fifth runs of the inning.
Though the Red Hawks scored two in the 6th, they were unable to catch the Beloit, who put up another run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Beloit defense held on to retire the final three outs in the top of the 7th and complete their Midwest Conference sweep of Ripon.
Alyssa Boltik threw all seven innings for the Bucs, giving up five hits in the contest.
The Bucs will take the field again on Tuesday evening to finish their suspended double header at Knox College starting at 4:00 p.m. The first game will continue in the 3rd inning where it had been stopped on April 10th due to weather.