Softball’s sweep ruined on Loyola walk-off
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Wichita State to go into extra innings and keep their hopes of their first Missouri Valley Conference sweep alive.
After being dominated by the Shockers in two games Saturday, Loyola was not ready to hand the Shockers another win.
Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Loyola’s Jordyn Cordell singled to left field to put the winning run at first base. A sacrifice bunt moved Cordell into scoring position, with a single by Ashley Parenti putting runners at the corners.
Loyola’s Erica Nagel, who led the MVC with a .453 batting average, came up in the clutch to hit a single off senior Katie Malone to drive in the winning run and allow the Ramblers to avoid the sweep.
The Shockers managed seven hits in Sunday’s outing, scoring only one run despite hitting .280 for the game.
Sophomore Asea Weber made her fourth start of the season after getting her first hit of the season in Saturday’s second game of the doubleheader.
Weber hit a career-high of two hits in Sunday’s game, capping off with a one out double in the top of the fifth to put a WSU runner in scoring position.
A wild pitch from Loyola allowed Weber to score the Shockers first and only run of the game.
A single from Loyola’s Alyssa Mannucci allowed Brooke Wilson to score that tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Shockers left five runners on base during the game’s final innings.
Malone made her third consecutive start, striking out four batters while allowing eight hits and two earned runs for her seventh loss of the season.
Having not used another pitcher in the three weekend games, Malone combined for nine strikeouts in 14 innings while only allowing one earned run in Saturday’s double header to get her 15th and 16th wins of the season.
WSU (19-13, 6-3) faces Tulsa on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium. The Shockers won their first matchup with the Golden Hurricane 5-3 on March 12 at the Tulsa Invitational.