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Walk-Off Brightens Weekend, and Senior Day, for Bucs

April 9, 2017

Beloit, WI -- The Beloit College Softball team split their doubleheader with Monmouth College on Sunday, getting a walk-off two-run single to right center by Tati Rodriguez to win game two 4-3 after Monmouth had taken game one 4-2.

The walk-off brightened what was a long weekend for the Buccaneers, who fell to Illinois College 7-2 and 15-0 on Saturday.

Seniors April Apfelbaum and Emalie Thern were recognized between games on Sunday as pair played their final game at the Strong Complex Field.

In the second game Sunday, Monmouth jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first but Beloit evened it in the third on Thern's sacrifice fly to right.  The Fighting Scots scored a pair of unedarned runs in the fifth for a 3-1 lead but the Buccaneers got one of those runs back in the sixth on Kaity Grzeszkiewicz's RBI double to center to make it 3-2.

After Monmouth stranded the bases loaded in the top of the seventh the Bucs got a leadoff single by Madi Christine in the bottom of the inning followed by Shania John's bunt single and then Apfelbaum's sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position.  After a groundout for the second out of the inning Rodriguez, hitting for the first time in the game, lashed the ball on a line to right center to bring in the tying and winning runs.

Johnson got the complete-game win, scattering 10 hits while allowing just one earned run and stranding 10 Monmouth runners.  Grzeszkiewicz had three hits while Christine, Johnson and Ashley Lambert all had two hits.

In the opener Sunday, MC scored three runs in the first and held that lead until the Buccaneers pulled to within a run in the fourth on Apfelbaum's run-scoring double and Erica Stalo's RBI suicide squeeze bunt.  But that was as close as Beloit would get.  The Fighting Scots added an insurance run in the fifth and then kept the Bucs off the board the final three innings, including stranding the bases loaded in the fifth.

Back on Saturday, in game one, Illinois College Scored once in the first and three times in the fifth and seventh before Beloit scored their only runs in the bottom of the seventh when Johnson doubled to center to drive in both.  Emily Malarski had two hits in the game.

In the nightcap, the Lady Blues scored three in both the first and second, added six in the fourth and three more in the fifth to end the game early.  The Bucs had just four hits, one each by four players.

Beloit heads to Ripon College next Saturday for a Midwest Conference doubleheader.  Action begins at 1:00 p.m.