Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team closed out their 2016 season with the presentation of team awards at a season-ending gathering.
Sonya Myscofski (Bloomington, Ill./West), a freshman pitcher, was named the team's Most Improved Player. Myscofski appeared in 13 games for the Bucs, four of them starts, and was 0-4 with one save. She pitched 23.1 innings. She became a reliable hurler for the Buccaneers and got better as the season progressed.
Bethany Stavrakas (Oglesby, Ill./St. Bede), a senior outfielder, was named the Hustle Award winner. Stavrakas hit .349 with 30 hits and 12 runs scored, was 7-10 on stolen bases and had a .364 on-base percentage. She is one of only 13 players in the program’s history to record 100-plus career hits, ranking sixth all-time with 110. She also recorded the third-most hits in a season in 2015 (48) and the fourth-highest batting average ever (.471). She was also recognized for her outstanding play in centerfield.
The Buc Pride Award went to Jordyn Ciochon (Darien, Wis./Clinton), a senior outfielder, and April Apfelbaum (Lake Villa, Ill./Lakes Community), a junior second baseman. Ciochon appeared in 28 games, starting five, and scored eight runs while driving in five and stealing a base. Apfelbaum started 35 games, scoring 10 runs and stealing three bases while helping to solidify the middle infield.
Mikayla Martin (Twin Lake, Mich./Holton), a senior pitcher/third baseman/first baseman, appeared in 26 games on the mound with 17 starts. She won seven games with a team-best 5.48 ERA, throwing 118.1 innings. She also hit .284 with 14 runs scored, 15 RBIs and a home run while finishing with a .952 fielding percentage on 105 chances.
Tala Cornell (Beloit, Wis./Memorial), a senior outfielder/catcher, was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year. She hit .424 with 53 hits, 32 runs scored, eight doubles, four triples and six home runs, driving in 24 runs and going 11-11 on stolen bases this season. She had a .463 on-base percentage and a .696 slugging percentage. Cornell finished her career as one of the top players in Beloit Softball history, virtually rewriting the Buccaneer Softball record book. She is the all-time leader in home runs (23), hits (158), runs scored (107), triples (tied with 12), at-bats (418) and total bases (284), is second in batting average (.378) and third in RBIs (73). For single-season she holds the top spot for at-bats, hits, batting average, doubles, triples and total bases. Not only does she conclude her career as two-time First Team All-MWC she was also All-Region in 2015, a three-time Academic All-Conference, and a two-time team captain.
The Bucs finished the season 10-26 overall, 6-15 in Midwest Conference play.