First-year hurler Kenzie Roberts tossed a gem to pick up her first collegiate win on the mound aided by first-year Alyssa Morris’ first collegiate grand slam as Beloit College topped Centenary (N.J.) in five innings Wednesday.
Roberts went the distance scatter five hits and allowing just two runs in her first collegiate career win. She received a lot of help from the Bucs’ offense which tallied 16 hits in the game and posted runs in four of the five innings.
The Buccaneer bats were hot out of the gate and they never cooled off. Junior Alyssa Boltik notched a one-out double to left field and came around to score in the next at bat, a single off the bat of junior Ashley Lambert.
The Bucs added to their tally in the top of the second with four runs on six hits to make it 5-0 Beloit.
Three more Bucs touched home in the top of the fourth as Beloit geared up for an explosive finish, a seven-run fifth. Sophomore Kat Grzesziewicz opened the fifth with a single to center field and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. First-year Emily Stapay drew a pinch hit walk followed by first-year Morgan Lippert who took one for the team to load the bases. Lambert singled to left field to score one and senior Emily Malarski followed suit to the opposite side of the field to plate three runs. Roberts, switched positions in the lineup with Josie Guernsey as part of a flex/designated player change, and took a free base to load them up once again. Morris put the exclamation point on the game tagging a grand slam to left field, her first collegiate career base-clearer.
Centenary posted two runs in the bottom of the inning but Beloit’s defense held for the shortened-game win.
Three Bucs were perfect in the batter’s box including Lambert, Malarski and Guernsey who each went 3-for-3 and combined for seven runs and nine RBI. Morris was 3-for-4 with a run scored and five RBI in the contest.
In the second game of the day, Beloit’s posted six runs in the bottom of the first but were unable to hang on to the lead.
Kean jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first half inning. The Bucs came roaring back with six runs of their own on four hits and the help of two errors. Kean added a run in the top of the third, four in the top of the fourth and posted six in the fifth to halt the game early, in five innings.
Six Bucs registered hits in the game. Boltik suffered the loss on the mound in 4.1 innings of work.
Beloit continues play in the Diamond 9 Sunkissed Games in Kissimmee, Florida tomorrow with afternoon games against Marietta and Utica. The Bucs wrap up competition in their spring trip Friday with games against Springfield and Plattsburgh State.