March 9, 2013
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brooke Andresen had two hits and became Loyola University Chicago's (8-6) career leader in that category as the Ramblers used a five-run second inning to roll to a 6-3 victory over Western Michigan (7-13) this morning at the USF Under Armour Showcase. The win is the Ramblers' second straight.
Western Michigan got on the board first when first baseman Loren Nagy led off the second inning with a solo homer to left, but that lead was short-lived however, as Loyola answered with five runs of its own despite recording only two hits in the bottom half of the inning.
Hannah Jenkins opened the onslaught by coaxing a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run. One out later, Andresen tied Ellen Antonacci's career hits record with an infield single that scored Brie Pasquale. After Jessica Balzano drew a walk with the bases loaded to force in another run, Lauren Moore ripped a two-run single to left to cap the Ramblers' big inning.
The Broncos responded with two runs of their own in the top of the third to cut their deficit in half. But Kristina Vizza came on in relief to start the fourth inning and allowed Western Michigan only one hit, while collecting three strikeouts, over the final four innings to pick up her first career win.
Andresen registered her record-breaking hit when she led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a double to left, which prompted a thunderous ovation from her teammates in the dugout.
Loyola added to its lead and gave Vizza a bit of breathing room in the sixth when Balzano reached on a two-out, bloop single and Moore pulled a double down the left field line for a a 6-3 Rambler edge.
Andresen and Moore tallied two hits each for the Ramblers and Moore also drove in three runs to push her season total to 17 RBI.
Loyola faces Providence College this afternoon.