April 8, 2013
CHICAGO - Brittany Gardner (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), a junior at Loyola University Chicago, has been named Horizon League Softball Pitcher of the Week it was announced today by the conference office. The lefthander also earned the honor on February 26 this season and has now been recognized with the award six times in her career.
Last week, Gardner won all three of her starts and was dominant in Loyola's 1-0 victory over Northwestern on April 2. En route to her fourth career victory over a Big Ten Conference opponent, the southpaw scattered three hits and struck out eight Wildcats, while not allowing a walk.
In a three-game series sweep of defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso last weekend, Gardner collected a pair of complete-game victories. She pitched a two-hit shutout and fanned nine in a 7-0 win in game one of a doubleheader on April 6, then followed that up with another two-hit performance, while setting down eight Crusaders on strikes, in a 6-2 victory on April 7. For the week, she went 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 21.0 innings, while permitting a mere seven hits.
Gardner, who was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year and was a Second Team All-Great Lakes Region honoree in 2012, now ranks third on Loyola's career chart with 40 victories and second with 505 strikeouts. A two-time First Team All-Horizon League selection, Gardner is 8-5 with a 2.07 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 98.0 innings of work this season. She has completed 11 of her 14 starts and also collected a pair of saves this spring.
In addition to the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor, Gardner was also named Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness today.
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Loyola, which has won six of its last seven outings, carries a four-game winning streak into tomorrow's game versus Purdue at Loyola Softball Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.