Galesburg, IL -- After waiting two weeks for their suspended doubleheader at Knox College to be completed, the Beloit College softball team finished their games against the Prairie Fire on Tuesday evening, handling Knox in the first game 16-0, then dropping the second 2-1 in a battle that lasted until the final pitch.
Game one originally began on Sunday, April 10th, with rain clouds threatening the status of the doubleheader from the very beginning. Despite the rain and wind, Beloit arrived with eager bats, and took an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Tala Cornell led off the game with a homer, her sixth of the season, and that set the tone for the Bucs' offense for the remainder of the game. Unfortunately, game one only lasted until the top of the third inning that day before a thunderstorm forced a delay until another time. On Tuesday evening, the Bucs picked up where they left off, with a 12-0 lead and bases loaded in the top of the third. Knox was able to squeeze themselves out of the jam, but Beloit managed to put up for more runs in the 4th before the game was ended early in the fifth inning.
The Bucs had 18 hits in the contest, while limiting their opponents to just two. Mikayla Martin was in the circle for Beloit, picking up her sixth win of the season in the shutout.
The Prairie Fire put out the Bucs' hot bats in game two, holding them to just four hits. Knox put up an early run in the bottom of the first inning, and the score remained 1-0 until the top of the fifth. With one out, April Apfelbaum reached base by being hit by a pitch, and advanced to second on an error by the Knox second baseman. Apfelbaum scored to tie the game on Cornell's double to left-center. Despite all effort, the Bucs fell short of the sweep when the Prairie Fire scored the winning run in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 7th.
Time on the mound was split between Alyssa Boltik and Martin, who came in as relief in the top of the sixth.
Alex Kohn had two hits in the contest. Cornell and Emily Malarski each contributed with one.
The Bucs return home on Saturday afternoon to take on the Pioneers of Grinnell College in Midwest Conference play. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 pm.