March 5, 2013
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Annie Korth homered and Jessica Balzano drove in the go-ahead run to help Loyola University Chicago (5-4) rally from a two-run deficit to post a 3-2 victory over Penn (3-5) this morning at the Rebel Games. The Ramblers have won back-to-back games for the first time this spring to climb back over .500.
Brooke Coloma's two-run double in the bottom of the first inning allowed the Quakers to stake claim to an early 2-0 advantage, which lasted until the fourth inning. With the early start time, it took awhile for the Loyola bats to heat up, but after being held hitless through three innings, the Ramblers broke through in a big way.
Lauren Zaworski's two-out single in the fourth brought Korth to the plate and the right fielder smashed an Alexis Borden offering over the fence in left center to even the score at 2.
The Ramblers surged ahead with a manufactured run in the fifth when Olivia Bell led off with a single, then swiped second base before Brooke Andresen singled to give Loyola runners at the corners with no one out. Balzano followed with a single to right center to plate Bell and give Loyola a 3-2 lead, but Penn quickly put together a scoring threat of its own in the bottom of the fifth inning, putting runners at first and second with no outs.
Loyola had a golden opportunity to add some insurance runs in the top of the seventh by loading the bases with three straight singles to open the inning, but was unable to scratch out a run, leaving Gardner with a one-run lead heading into Penn's last at-bat.
The lefthander set down the Quakers in order in the bottom of the seventh as Loyola won its second straight game and Gardner picked up her second save of the year.
Four Ramblers tallied two hits on the day - Andresen, Balzano, Bell, and Zaworski, and Rogers earned her third win by allowing two earned runs in four innings of work. Gardner struck out three and yielded only one hit in three innings of relief.