April 25, 2013
CHICAGO - Kirsten Verdun tossed a complete-game three-hitter and struck out 15 to lead host DePaul (27-16) to a 4-0 victory over Loyola University Chicago (23-16) this afternoon at Cacciatore Stadium. The loss marked only the fourth time the Ramblers have been shut out this season.
DePaul provided Verdun with all of the support she would need when designated player Hannah Penna punched a two-out double down the right field line in the first inning that brought home Mary Connolly and Verdun for a 2-0 lead.
Verdun flummoxed the Ramblers' offense, at one point striking out six consecutive hitters, and after Jessica Balzano's first-inning bunt single Loyola didn't manage another hit until Olivia Bell legged out an infield hit to lead off the sixth.
The Blue Demons added an insurance run in the fourth when Dodd stroked a run-scoring single and Verdun also helped her cause with a RBI single in the sixth.
Loyola's only threat against Verdun came in the sixth when Bell led off with that infield hit and one out later moved up a base on a wild pitch. After Balzano coaxed a walk to bring the tying run to the plate, the lefthander got Lauren Moore to foul out and then notched her 12th strikeout of the day to slam the door on the Ramblers' threat.
Junior southpaw Brittany Gardner struck out six in a complete-game effort for Loyola.
The Ramblers get back to Horizon League action this weekend when they host a doubleheader versus Green Bay on Saturday at noon.