Loyola Takes Nightcap, 1-0, To Salvage Doubleheader Split With IPFW|
April 4, 2013
CHICAGO - Amanda Ciran scattered three hits in her second shutout of the season and Brie Pasquale provided the offense with a RBI-single as Loyola earned a 1-0 win over IPFW in the second game of today's doubleheader at Loyola Softball Park. The Ramblers (13-12) move back over .500 with the win while the Mastodons slide to 14-8 with the loss.
IPFW had the first scoring chance of the game, as a Loyola error put runners on second and third with just one out in the top of the second inning. Ciran fanned Miranda Kramer for the second out before a nice play from catcher Tarran Shaffer ended the inning. IPFW's Larissa Franklin dropped down a bunt right in front of the plate and, with no play at first, Shaffer fired behind the runner at third for the final out of the inning.
The Ramblers were able to manufacture their run in the bottom half of the inning. Lauren Zaworski struck out to open the inning but the ball got away from the catcher. The ensuing throw to first was wild down the right-field line and Zaworski ended up on second base. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and was still there after a strikeout before Pasquale singled to center to bring her home.
The visitors put the first two hitters on base in the third and had two more runners on the basepath in the fourth but Ciran was able to keep them off the scoreboard both times.
She breezed through the fifth and sixth innings, retiring nine consecutive batters at one point, before IPFW mounted a threat. Down to its final out, an infield single and a walk put runners on first and second but Ciran was able to get Ashleigh Bousquet to ground harmlessly to second base for the final out.
Pasquale, Zaworski and Hannah Jenkins accounted for Loyola's three hits and Ciran was solid in the circle, allowing just three hits in the victory. She struck out four to help offset six walks.
Loyola returns to Horizon League action this weekend, hosting Valparaiso for a weekend series. Play begins with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with first pitch slated for Noon.