Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team didn't have the best opening weekend of the Midwest Conference schedule ever, but they may have scored their only win of the weekend in, arguably, the longest game in Buccaneer Softball history.
The Bucs split with Lawrence University Sunday, winning 2-1 in 12 innings before falling 9-1 in game two. On Saturday they dropped a pair of games to St. Norbert College 8-0 and 12-0.
In the marathon game one Sunday, the Vikings jumped on top with an unearned run in the first. The Buccaneers tied it up in the third when Ashley Lambert doubled in Madi Christine. And that's how the score stayed for the next eight-plus innings.
Both team had opportunities to score during that long stretch - Lawrence left the bases loaded in the fourth and a runner in scoring position in the 10th while Beloit left a runner in scoring position in the 11th. But it stayed 1-1 until Emalie Thern singled to left in the 12th to score Emily Malarski with two out for the win.
Alyssa Boltik, who pitched all 12 innings for the Buccaneers got the win, scattering six hits and giving up no earned runs while striking out five and walking four. Malarski finished three hits and Christine two.
In game two, LU took the lead for good with two in the second and added a run in the third. Christine singled in Alex Kohn in the third for what proved the lone run for the Bucs. Lawrence added three runs in both the fourth and seventh to get the split.
Christine had two hits for the second straight game.
Back on Saturday St. Norbert scored twice in the second and third in game one and then ended it early with four in the fifth. Thern had Beloit's only hit, a single in the third inning.
In the nightcap, SNC plated three runs in the second, two in the third, one in the sixth and six in the seventh. The Buccaneers got a two-out single by Boltik in the third and a leadoff single by Christine in the fourth for their only hits.
Beloit steps away from MWC play for a make-up doubleheader with Alverno College on Tuesday at the Strong Complex Field for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. Action begins at 3:00 p.m.