2014: Closed out her career as one of the most decorated pitchers in Loyola softball history ... Named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament team after posting a 0.33 ERA and collecting 22 strikeouts over three complete-game wins to lead Loyola to the MVC Championship game ... Named MVC Pitcher of the Year and a first team All-MVC selection after leading the conference in strikeouts (102), innings pitched (122.1) and ERA (2.40) during league play ... Finished her career as Loyola's all-time career leader in wins (67), strikeouts (753) and innings pitched (751.2) ... Broke the single-season record for complete games (28) ... Named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award ... Held Pac-12 powerhouse California to just three hits in an eight-inning complete-game victory (3/2) ... Struck out a season-high nine batters on three occasions ... Limited Wichita State (3/15) to just four hits to earn Loyola's first-ever MVC victory ... Gave up just one hit over four innings of relief in Loyola's victory over UC Riverside (3/3)... Twirled a four-hit shutout and fanned nine in a 4-0 win over Drake (4/8) in the first game of the MVC tournament ... Held Southern Illinois to just three hits and one run in Loyola's quarterfinal win (4/8) ... Surrendered only one earned run and struck out eight in the Ramblers' semifinal win over Illinois State, her first earned run of the tournament after pitching 21 innings ... Named MVC Pitcher of the Week after posting a sparkling 0.54 ERA over two games at Northern Iowa (5/3-5/4) ... Member of Loyola's Maroon & Gold Society, a selection of 25 rising seniors who demonstrate a commitment to leadership, academic excellence and service to others.
2013: Cemented her standing as one of the top pitchers ever to wear a Loyola uniform ... Became the first pitcher in Loyola history to be named First Team All-Horizon League in each of her first three seasons ... Was a two-time Horizon League Pitcher of the Week selection (February 26, April 8) ... Posted a 16-10 record with a career-low 2.18 ERA and fanned 174 in 176.2 innings of toil ... Became Loyola's career leader in strikeouts with her sixth of eight punchouts in a 5-4 victory at Cleveland State ... Allowed one earned run or less in 13 of her 25 starts ... After opening the year with a 4-5 ledger, closed out the season by winning 12 of her final 17 decisions ... In Horizon League action, notched an 11-4 ledger with a 2.06 ERA as opponents hit a paltry .181 against her ... At Loyola Softball Park, compiled a 6-2 mark with a 1.80 ERA ... Couldn't have opened the season in much more impressive fashion than she did by tossing a one-hitter and striking out six, while not issuing a walk, in a 7-0 win against Rhode Island ... Struck out a season-high 12 batters in 8.1 innings in a 3-2 loss at Illinois ... Scattered six hits and fanned 11 in a 7-1 win versus Villanova ... Collected saves in Loyola's victories against Eastern Kentucky and Penn ... Earned her sixth career win over a BCS conference foe when she tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out eight in a 1-0 victory at Northwestern ... Twirled a two-hit shutout and fanned nine in a 7-0 win over Valparaiso ... Pitched a one-hitter over five innings in a 12-0 victory at Detroit ... Followed that up with a four-hitter in a shutout victory at Youngstown State ... Earned the win in all three games of a series sweep of Green Bay ... Against the Phoenix, allowed only five hits, one run, and one walk in 15.1 innings ... Surrendered only one earned run and struck out nine in a tough-luck loss to Youngstown State at the Horizon League Championship ... Will enter her senior season needing only three wins to tie Kari Klier's all-time school record (51) ... Named to Loyola's prestigious Maroon & Gold Society for the 2013-14 academic year ... Member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll ... Selected to the Horizon League Softball All-Academic Team.
2012: Did not succumb to the proverbial sophomore jinx and put together a record-setting season in which she went 18-10 with a 2.69 ERA, 17 complete games, 10 shutouts, and 205 strikeouts in 169.1 innings ... That performance earned her Horizon League Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Horizon League and NFCA Second Team All-Great Lakes Region honors ... Became only the fifth player in Loyola softball history to earn all-region status and the fourth to be named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year ... Is the first Rambler since Ellen Kresl in 2008 to earn all-region accolades ... Set Loyola single-season records with 205 strikeouts and 10 shutouts ... Tossed two no-hitters, blanking Cleveland State and striking out eight in a 3-0 win on April 15, then holding Green Bay hitless in a 2-0 win at the Horizon League Championship on May 10 ... Her no-hitter versus Green Bay was the sixth in Horizon League Championship history and the first since 2006 ... After getting off to a bit of a slow start, finished the year with a flourish, going 16-6 with a 1.55 ERA and 178 strikeouts and only 89 hits allowed in 144.1 innings, over her final 23 appearances ... Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on three occasions ... Struck out a career-high 15 batters, the most by a Rambler since March 10, 1999, in a 9-0 win at Green Bay on April 18 ... Fanned 14 Bulldogs in a 9-1 win versus Butler at the Horizon League Championship ... Struck out 10 or more batters on six occasions ... Allowed two or fewer hits in six of her final 11 starts ... In back-to-back wins over Wright State March 24-25, allowed only four hits and one walk, against 20 strikeouts in 14.0 innings ... Hurled three straight complete-game shutouts, April 15-18, allowing only five hits in 21.0 innings, while recording 32 strikeouts, in wins over Cleveland State and Green Bay (twice) ... Twirled a three-hit shutout and fanned five in a 1-0 win against DePaul ... Surrendered only two hits and struck out 10 in a 1-0 victory over Northwestern and one day later, scattered six hits and fanned six in a 3-1 win at Purdue ... Member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll ... Named to the Horizon League Softball All-Academic Team.
2011: Enjoyed one of the best seasons ever by a freshman pitcher in school history ... Became the first Rambler since Ellen Antonacci in 1995 to earn Horizon League Newcomer of the Year honors ... Also named First Team All-Horizon League to become the first Loyola true freshman pitcher to be so named since 2007 ... Tied a Loyola single-season record for wins by a freshman (14) ... Her 187 strikeouts places her fourth in a single season in school annals ... Tossed 31.0 consecutive scoreless innings early in the season ... Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on March 14 ... In League play, was 8-4 with a 1.88 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 89.1 innings, while yielding only 53 hits ... Compiled a 1.28 ERA in Loyola's wins ... Allowed two or fewer hits in 10 of her 30 starts ... Combined with Keali Engelkens to throw Loyola's first no-hitter since 1999, in a 2-0 blanking of Butler on April 30 ... Fanned 10 or more hitters or four occasions ... Did not allow a hit in back-to-back starts versus Butler on April 30 and May 1 ... In three starts versus Butler, allowed only two hits and two earned runs in 15.1 innings, while also fanning 21 ... Tossed a complete-game, two-hitter in a 6-0 win over Lehigh for her first career victory ... Pitched 6.2 innings of relief, striking out 10, to beat La Salle ... Scattered five hits and did not allow a run in a 4-0 win at Wisconsin ... Whiffed 11 hitters apiece in three straight starts versus Butler, IUPUI and Detroit ... Allowed only one hit and fanned 11 in a 10-0 victory at Detroit ... Loyola supported her with only 14 total runs in her 14 losses.
High School: One of the most heralded pitchers to come out of the Chicago area in recent seasons ... During her senior campaign, went 20-2 with a 0.66 ERA and 222 strikeouts, while walking only 33 in 148.1 innings, to help Sandburg capture the IHSA 4A title ... Three-time all-conference, Chicago Sun-Times All-Area and Chicago Tribune All-State honoree ... Two-time Southtown Star All-Area pick ... Joe Devine Award and Super 60 recipient in 2010 ... As a junior, recorded a 0.87 ERA and fanned 222 batters in 193.2 innings ... In 2008, went 24-5 with a 0.56 ERA and 278 punchouts in 188 innings of work ... Member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars.
Personal: Daughter of Paul and Maureen Gardner ... Born October 2, 1991 ... Majoring in social work.
Gardner's Career Statistics