Hoosiers remain perfect with 3-1 win over Loyola Chicago

MACON, Ga. — The Hoosiers are still perfect.

Tara Trainer tossed her fifth complete game of the season to lead Indiana to a 3-1 victory over Loyola Chicago on Sunday in the finale of the Black & Orange Challenge at Mercer University.

Trainer struck out eight batters and allowed only one run and one walk en route to her fourth win of the weekend and ninth of the season. For the weekend, Trainer notched 37 strikeouts and worked to a 0.28 ERA across her 25 innings in the circle.

“Tara was on,” IU coach Shonda Stanton said. “We didn’t have the offensive production that we’d like but we clutched up when we needed it, whether it was a two-out RBI or the small ball to plate two runs. Pretty excited about what our ball club is doing and how we’re using our personnel.”

Indiana (14-0) is now on its longest winning streak since the program strung together 15 consecutive victories in 2011.

“To do the things we’re doing is pretty impressive. I’ve coached a lot of ball clubs in 23 years and to start 14-0, that’s a tough thing to do no matter who you’re playing or when you’re playing. It’s pretty exciting and hats off to Team 46. I give all the credit in the world to these players.”

Indiana finished with only four hits, but made the most of its opportunities with runners on base.

The Hoosiers broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Annika Baez. Camryn Woodall helped IU pad its lead in the fifth with a one-out sacrifice bunt that brought home Gabbi Jenkins.

Grayson Radcliffe started the scoring with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the first. Jenkins and Katie Lacefield each hit doubles, while Radcliffe and Taylor Lambert supplied IU’s other base hits.

The Ramblers’ lone run came on a throwing error in the top of the fourth.

The Hoosiers travel to Baton Rouge, La. next weekend for the Purple and Gold Challenge, hosted by LSU. IU will face Stephen F. Austin and No. 9 LSU on Friday before matching up with USC Upstate and Illinois State on Saturday. The weekend will conclude with a Sunday rematch against Illinois State.

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  1. Ranked #19 coming into this past weekend’s play, it will be interesting to see if they move up in the polls? Props to Shanda Stanton for turning a very poor program around. I know that some people on this website always love to trash AD Glass for his hires, he certainly got this one right! Go Hoosiers!!

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