Final Score: Loyola 5, Indiana State 3
Records: Loyola (21-19, 4-12 MVC); Indiana State (18-23, 3-13 MVC)
Location: Loyola Softball Park -- Chicago, Ill.
Stats: Box Score
Loyola University Chicago scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to a 5-3 victory over visiting Indiana State (18-23, 3-13 MVC) in game one of a doubleheader at a crisp and windy afternoon at Loyola Softball Park. The win extends the Ramblers’ win streak to three games and improves them to 21-19 overall and 4-12 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
How It Happened
Loyola wasted little time providing starting pitcher Kiley Jones with some run support after the righthander escaped trouble in the top of the first inning. In the Ramblers’ half of the first, Shannon McGee got things going immediately with a lead-off bunt single that ran her hit streak to nine games. Erica Nagel followed with a base hit and after Alyssa Mannucci moved both runners up a base with a sacrifice bunt, Katie Kasubke stroked a single to left that plated McGee.
Indiana State cut the Ramblers’ lead in half with single runs in both the third and sixth innings, but Ashley Parenti’s RBI ground out in the bottom of the sixth provided a much-needed insurance run and a 5-2 advantage.
The Sycamores threatened one final time in their last at-bat, scoring once and bringing the go-ahead run to the plate, but Jones was able to retire Becky Malchow on a fly ball to center as Loyola held on for the win, its third in a row at Loyola Softball Park.
A Look At The Numbers
- Seven Ramblers recorded a hit in the game, with Cordell and O’Brien tallying a pair of hits apiece to lead the Loyola offensive attack, which banged out nine hits, the most since March 5.
- Jones earned the win by yielding just two earned runs in a complete-game effort for her 14th victory of the year.
Loyola and Indiana State play game two of a doubleheader this afternoon.