Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College softball team closed out their 2016 season on Sunday afternoon with a split against Cornell College, winning game one 2-1 and falling 9-1 in the second. The team honored their six seniors in between games, celebrating the careers of Ashleigh Gasparola (student coach), Jordyn Ciochon, Tala Cornell, Bethany Stavrakas, Mikayla Martin, and Hayley Barnett.
The Bucs opened up scoring in game one in the bottom of the third inning, taking a 1-0 lead when Cornell, who had singled, scored on a Rams defensive miscue off of Martin's bunt to the pitcher. Cornell tied the game up in the top of the fifth, but the Bucs put up another run in the bottom of the inning, which proved to be all they needed to win the contest. Cornell led off the inning with a single, her second of the game, and advanced to second base on Stavrakas' single to the third baseman. Martin loaded the bases with a walk, and freshman Ashley Lambert drove in the game winning run with a single to right. After holding off the Rams for six more outs, the Bucs earned the win, their 10th of the season.
Martin pitched the complete game, scattering six hits throughout the seven innings. She picked up the win, her 7th of the year.
Stavrakas finished the contest with 4 hits, reaching base in each of her at bats. Cornell logged two hits of her own, as well as two runs.
In game two, the Rams, looking to redeem themselves, recording twelve hits, exactly double their amount from game one. The Bucs' run came in the bottom of the fourth, when Ciochon's double to left scored Taurie Burns, who had led off the inning with a single. However, the lone run was not enough to slow the Rams, as they put up nine.
Alyssa Boltik started the game on the mound for Beloit, throwing two innings before handing the ball over to Martin for the remainder of the game. Boltik suffered the loss.
Stavrakas added two more hits in the game, finishing 6-for-8 on the day. Cornell and Martin each contributed with another hit.
Beloit has since hung up their cleats for the season, finishing the 2016 year with a record of 10-26. They finished with a 6-14 record in the Midwest Conference.