Loyola Deals Notre Dame 6-4 Defeat|
May 2, 2006
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Junior Nora Schober tripled to drive in a pair of runs in the seventh inning to lead Loyola University Chicago (16-37) to a come-from-behind 6-4 victory over Notre Dame today at Ivy Field. The victory is Loyola's first over the Fighting Irish since 1999, snapping a seven-game losing skid to its former conference mate, and is only the sixth in 36 tries for the Ramblers in the all-time series.
Notre Dame jumped on the board in the first inning as Katie Laing doubled home a run and later scored on Linda Kohan's sacrifice fly to give the Irish a 2-0 lead. Loyola would answer right back with a pair of runs of its own in the top of the second inning. First baseman Kristin Guska and shortstop Katerina Krause drew consecutive walks and catcher Raven Gengler ripped a double down the left field line to score both Guska and Krause to even the score at 2-2.
The Irish reclaimed the lead in the third inning, as they scored twice courtesy of a pair of run-scoring groundouts, to take a 4-2 lead. The contest would remain that way until the sixth inning when the Ramblers mounted a rally.
Three straight singles by Lindsay O'Gean, Schober and Guska, to start the inning gave Loyola a prime scoring opportunity. Following a strikeout, O'Gean scored on a passed ball to cut the deficit in half and Gengler's RBI groundout scored Schober to even the game at 4-4.
Schober performed her heroics with two outs and runners on second and third in the top of the seventh inning. Her triple to the gap in right center scored Tara Miller and Courtney Sullivan to give Loyola a 6-4 advantage. Notre Dame put runners on first and second in the bottom of the inning, but freshman right-hander Laura DeLeon was able to get out of trouble and pick up her ninth win of the year.
Loyola pounded out nine hits on the day, with Schober, Miller and Gengler notching two hits apiece. Gengler was 2 for 3 with three RBI, while Schober went 2 for 4 with a pair of runs driven in. Miller scored a run, her 38th of the season, to tie Ellen Antonacci's single-season school record.
The Ramblers return to action on May 4 when they travel to UW-Green Bay for a single game beginning at 4 p.m.