After the inclement weather pushed back the Loyola series against Evansville, Loyola bats remained cold.
On Sunday, the Ramblers dropped a doubleheader, 4-2 and 4-0. Peyton Pepkowski (6-7) took the loss in game one and Andie Broniewicz (2-8) lost the second game. Abbey Jacobsen's home run in the first game drove in the only two runs of the day. Two solid pitching performances were wasted with an offense that produced only five hits all day.
The Ramblers finished the series in thrilling fashion. Maddie Ebeling belted a two-out, two-strike walkoff home run in the seventh to give the Ramblers a 4-3 win. Pepkpwoski went the distance, improving to 7-7, giving up two earned runs on eight hits and no walks, with seven strike outs. Nova Sinskul and Hannah Nalley had the other two RBIs.
This was a gritty win for Pepkowski and the team. Evansville tied it in the top of the seventh. It was very cold and the Ramblers didn't look good the previous day. None of that matter as Ebeling laced the home run to left field. This is the type of win that can turn around a season.
Loyola now stands at 9-18 (3-6 in conference play). The Ramblers return to action with a three game series at Northern Iowa.