Brittany Gardner becomes Loyola's career leader in strikeouts in victory
Ramblers manage only three hits in nightcap
Ramblers knock off Youngstown State, 6-0, in game one of a doubleheader
Ramblers look to extend seven-game conference winning streak
Gardner tosses one-hitter and six Ramblers record two or more hits
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...through two seasons, she already ranks third in school history with 392 career strikeouts and fifth with 32 wins...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.
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.
Gardner's Career Statistics