Final Score: Loyola 3, Indiana State 0
Records: Loyola (22-19, 5-12 MVC); Indiana State (18-24, 3-14 MVC)
Location: Loyola Softball Park -- Chicago, Ill.
Stats: Box Score
Keenan Dolezal threw a three-hit shutout to power Loyola University Chicago to a 3-0 victory over Indiana State (18-24, 3-14 MVC) to earn a sweep of today’s doubleheader at Loyola Softball Park. The Ramblers, who moved to 22-19 overall and 5-12 in Missouri Valley Conference action with the win, also ran their conference win streak to four games, the longest since joining the Valley for the 2014 season.
How It Happened
Dolezal was simply sensational and faced the minimum number of Sycamore hitters through six innings. The sophomore righthander yielded just one hit, a third inning single, through the first six frames, but that base runner was gunned down by Katie Kasubke while trying to steal.
Loyola provided Dolezal with all of the support she would require in the second inning. Jamie O’Brien’s run-scoring single sent Kasubke scampering home from second base as the Ramblers grabbed the lead and Ashley Parenti followed with a suicide squeeze that scored O’Brien for a 2-0 Loyola advantage.
The Ramblers would tack on a run in the fifth when Jacquelyn Murphy hit a long drive to left center that missed clearing the fence by a less than a foot, and wound up with a one-out triple. Brooke Wilson followed by executing a perfect suicide squeeze to give Dolezal a bit more breathing room and a 3-0 lead.
Indiana State made things interesting in the seventh, bringing the tying run to the plate with no outs thanks to back-to-back bunt singles to lead off the inning. However, Dolezal knuckled down and retired the next three Sycamores to earn her eighth win of the season and climb back to .500 overall at 8-8.
A Look At The Numbers
- Dolezal finished with five strikeouts, one shy of equaling a career high, and did not surrender a walk in the complete-game performance.
- Shannon McGee’s nine-game hitting streak came to an end as she went hitless in three at-bats.
The Ramblers wrap up a nine-game homestand with a three-game weekend series versus Northern Iowa, beginning with an April 22 doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.