The Beloit College softball team showcased its speed and aggressive baserunning with six stolen bases in two games Monday evening in the Diamond 9 Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Florida.
The Bucs had a baserunner in all seven innings in the first game of the day against Skidmore but left 11 on base in the 11-4 loss. Josie Guernsey and Dani Strejc combined to go 5-for-8 from the plate in the game.
The second game featured aggressive baserunning from the Buccaneers and their opponent, Haverford, to make for an exciting matchup. In total, 12 runners advanced by thievery, wild pitches or passed balls in the contest.
As the sun went down and the strong winds continued, the temperatures continued to fall and by midgame, it felt more like the Midwest than Florida. Despite the colder than normal temps, the teams took the field and Haverford struck first with a single run in the bottom of the first.
Beloit responded in the top of the third with Kat Grzeszkiewicz getting the offense going with a single to centerfield. She stole second, then third. A single up the middle from Alyssa Boltik plated Grzeszkiewicz for the Bucs’ first run of the game. Ashley Lambert took one for the team and headed to first followed by a single through the right side off the bat of Emily Malarski that brought Boltik around to score.
Haverford knotted the game 2-2 with a run off of one hit and the help of an error in the bottom half of the third.
Alyssa Morris led off the fourth with a single to centerfield. She stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Guernsey’s RBI single through the right side to make it 3-2 Beloit.
Haverford’s bats erupted in the bottom of the inning with three runs on five hits that flipped the advantage 5-3. Not showing any quit, Malarski drew a two-out walk in the top of the fifth. She moved to second with the help of a throwing error and touched home in the next at bat on Strejc’s single to centerfield.
Beloit put the pressure on Haverford’s defense with Boltik nearly legging out an infield hit to lead off the top of the seventh. Malarski registered her second hit of the game with two outs but was unable to score.
Boltik suffered the loss allowing four earned runs in six innings of work. Malarski led the Buc offense with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, a walk, RBI and run scored.
The Buccaneers have a day off Tuesday before returning to the diamond to take on Centenary and Kean Wednesday.