March 2, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freshman Ashley Rogers scattered three hits and allowed only one earned run as Loyola University Chicago (3-3) earned a 4-1 victory over Eastern Kentucky this afternoon at the USF Under Armour Invitational. The Ramblers used a three-run second inning to break the game open and held on to get back to the .500 mark this spring.
Left fielder Olivia Bell's bases-loaded double plated Annie Korth, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Tarran Shaffer who had reached on a single, to highlight Loyola's three-run second inning.
Some shaky fielding in the fifth inning by the Ramblers aided Eastern Kentucky's rally as the Colonels got within a pair of runs, but Loyola answered right back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to reclaim the momentum. Lauren Zaworski's two-out double sent Jessica Balzano scampering home from second base as Loyola took a 4-1 advantage.
Eastern Kentucky tried to mount one last scoring threat in the seventh against Loyola lefthander Brittany Gardner, who came on in relief of Rogers to start the inning. After retiring the first two batters, Gardner plunked Lauren Mitchell with a pitch as the tying run came to the on-deck circle. However, Gardner got Katie Tackett to ground out to second base to end the scoring threat and the game as the junior lefthander earned his first career save.
Balzano and Zaworski tallied a pair of hits each for the Ramblers, while Rogers struck out five en route to her first career win.