March 15, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Saint Louis (9-8) scored seven runs despite only three hits in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 8-2 victory over Loyola University Chicago (10-7) this afternoon at Eichelberger Field in game one of the Fighting Illini Invitational. The loss snaps Loyola's four-game winning streak.
Saint Louis got all of the runs it would need in a top of the first inning that lasted 28 minutes. A pair of Rambler pitchers combined to walk seven Billikens in the opening frame and left fielder Lindsay Friedman's two-run homer to left highlighted SLU's big inning.
Loyola tried to chip away at the deficit and got a run back in the bottom of the first on Brie Pasquale's RBI groundout.
The game would stay that way until the fourth when Hannah Jenkins' RBI groundout scored Annie Korth who had reached on an error to lead off the inning, but Saint Louis tacked on an insurance run in the fifth to push its lead back to six runs.
Brooke Andresen recorded two of Loyola's three hits on the day to add to her Loyola career record total, which now stands at 184. The Ramblers, who had come up with timely hits during their four-game winning streak, were unsuccessful in those attempts today as they stranded eight runners on base and left the bases loaded in the sixth.
The Ramblers are back in action this afternoon against host Illinois.