May 8, 2009
PENDLETON, Ind. - Third-seeded Wright State (33-19) scored six unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a two-run deficit and earn an 8-4 victory over No. 4 seed Loyola University Chicago (27-23) this morning in a winner's bracket contest at the Horizon League Championship. The game was completed this morning after being suspended last night due to rain.
Last night, Wright State took a 2-0 advantage by scoring single runs in both the first and second innings before Loyola staged a rally in the third.
Haley Ambrosch's RBI single up the middle cut the Raiders' lead in half and a RBI fielder's choice by Kristin Guska evened the score. One batter later, Angie Funston perfectly executed a suicide squeeze to give the Ramblers a 3-2 lead before lightning initially delayed the contest. After approximately 25 minutes, heavy rain began to fall, prompting the game to be suspended.
When play resumed this morning, the Ramblers added to their lead on Bridget Lally's RBI single in the third inning to give Loyola a 4-2 cushion. The game stayed that way until the sixth inning when a pair of Loyola errors proved costly in the frame, opening the door for Wright State to score six times on four hits. Louie Haney's single to left field scored pinch runner Michelle Baker to give the Raiders the lead for good in the sixth.
Amy Solava allowed only two earned runs and struck out six in 5.1 innings of work, while five Ramblers mustered hits off of Wright State left-hander Sharon Palma.
Loyola will face the winner of the Valparaiso - Youngstown State contest in an elimination game today at approximately 4 p.m. Eastern.