Central Michigan Stuns Loyola With Walk-Off Win
Gardner fans eight in tough-luck loss
March 2, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Central Michigan scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun Loyola University Chicago (3-4) in a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory in walk-off fashion this evening at the USF Under Armour Invitational. The Ramblers are 2-2 at the tourney and are still looking to win consecutive games for the first time this spring.
Loyola got on the board first when it manufactured a run in the top of the first inning. Brooke Andresen led off by drawing a walk and moved to second on a Chippewa error before advancing to third on Lauren Moore's sacrifice bunt. Freshman Brie Pasquale, who has proven to be a clutch run producer early in her career, hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Andresen as the Ramblers drew first blood.
Lauren Zaworski's lead-off double in the fourth helped spark the Ramblers to an insurance run in the fourth inning and the junior designated player would later score on a Central Michigan error to give Loyola a 2-0 lead.
The game would remain that way until the Chippewas cut the Loyola lead in half in the sixth inning on CarolAnn Sexauer's RBI double and Central would capitalize on a pair of Rambler errors in the bottom of the seventh to earn the comeback win.
Following a one-out walk and Loyola error, Central Michigan made the Ramblers pay for their second miscue of the inning as Lauren Smith scored on an error to tie the game before Summer Knoop laced a single to center to plate the winning run with two outs.
Four different Ramblers recorded a hit in the game and starting pitcher Brittany Gardner suffered a cruel fate despite allowing only five hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight.
Loyola is back in action Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern when it takes on Toledo.