Bucs salvage Rochester tourney finale

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ROCHESTER, Minn. - After scoring six runs in dropping their first three games in the ACM Softball Tournament at the Rochester Regional Stadium and Bubble, Beloit College's Buccaneers flexed their muscles at the plate in their finale on Sunday.

Senior right fielder Emily Malarski was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as the Buccaneers knocked off Macalester College, 7-1, on Sunday.

Earlier Sunday, Beloit fell to UW-River Falls, 16-3, in a shortened game. Saturday, the Bucs fell to eighth-ranked Luther College, 5-0, and then lost to the University of Dubuque, 12-3.

The Bucs trailed 1-0 in the top of the third inning when they started to go to work. Junior Alyssa Boltik singled and eventually scored on an RBI ground-rule double by freshman Alyssa Morris, Senior Malarski also doubled to drive in two more runs for a 3-1 lead.

Boltik and the Beloit defense blanked Macalester's offense the rest of the game while the Bucs scored two insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Boltik picked up the victory, going the distance and allowing just the one run on five hits. She struck out three.

The Bucs went with three first-year pitchers in the opener with River Falls and they gained some valuable experience. They were Morgan Lippert, Mackenzie Roberts and Morris.

Junior Ashley Lambert was terrific at the plate in the tournament, going 6-for-10 with two RBIs and two walks. Malarski led the team with three RBIs.

• SATURDAY'S RECAP: Beloit's Boltik held Luther scoreless for four innings. She ended up pitching a complete-game loss, allowing three earned runs while striking out two. The Bucs managed only a single by Lambert.

The Bucs scored in the first against Dubuque. Madi Christine reached on an error, moved up on a sac-bunt by Brianne Swanson and scored on Lambert's RBI single.

Beloit tacked on two runs to tie the game in the second inning. Morris doubled, Kaity Grzeszkiewicz walked and Danielle Strejc loaded the bases with a bunt single. Alex Kohn scored one run with a fielder's choice and another run came home on an error.

Dubuque put together big third and fourth innings for the 12-3 final.

Lambert was 3-for-3 and 4-for-5 for the day.

First-year pitcher Makayla Zundel took the loss on the mound. Boltik and first-year Emily Stapay also pitched.

• NEXT UP: The Bucs now head to Kissimmee, Fla., to compete in the Sunkissed Games March 11-18. Beloit returns to the Midwest for a twinbill at Rockford University March 21.

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