Crandall, Aubert Earn Player of the Week Nods, Baseball and Softball start off hot
With the spring season underway, the Buccaneer baseball and softball teams both came out the gates swinging. Baseball currently holds a 4-0 record, taking care of their first two double-headers on the road, and softball breaking into their season with an impressive 5-3 record. With their respective weekend games being pushed back into the next week due to weather, the Bucs will look to keep their momentum heading into the meat of their seasons.
After sweeping Knox on the road in their season opener with 9-6 and 19-18 scores, Beloit Baseball traveled to Ripon to start conference play. Junior outfielder, Matthew Crandall led the way with a combined 5-9, 7 RBI and 2 HR on the day. The Bucs won game 1 19-5 and game 2 9-2. Senior pitcher Jacob Sligar also shined in the Buccaneers performance against Ripon, giving his squad a solid 7 innings, only allowing 1 earned run. Crandall currently leads the team in homeruns (4) , RBI (10) and batting average (.550) among other stats. His impressive weekend against Ripon earned him MWC Player of the Week. The red hot Bucs host St. Norbert on Monday, April 12 for their official home opener.
The softball team have certainly turned things around since 2019. After posting a 7-33 season 2 years ago, the Bucs got after it in their Florida trip of 2020, holding a solid 8-6 record before COVID-19 interrupted their season. So far in 2021, the revamped Buccaneer squad boasts a 5-3 record to start things off. They too began with a sweep against Knox on the road, then splitting games with Ripon in their home opener. After an upsetting 2 game skid against St. Norbert, the girls bounced back with an impressive 4-3 comeback win against Lawrence, as well as a whopping 15-7 victory to round out the day. Sophomore outfielder/pitcher, Cora Aubert has come out of the gates on fire, leading the team in RBI(11), batting average(.483), and HR(2), earning herself MWC softball Player of the Week. The Lady Buccaneers double-header against Lake Forest has been postponed to a later date.
All home games for the Beloit baseball and softball teams are now permitting students to be in attendance for the foreseeable future.