May 9, 2008
Sophomore Amy Solava pitched and batted host Loyola to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory over Butler in an elimination game at the Horizon League Softball Championship in Chicago, Ill., on Friday (May 9). The loss ended Butler's season at 17-29.
Solava picked up her 14th victory with a complete-game effort against the Bulldogs. She allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out six. But she inflicted the biggest blow against the Bulldogs with her bat.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Ramblers (20-24-1) mounted a one-out threat when Stephanie Cihlar reached on an infield single. Solova followed with a two-run, home run over the centerfield fence off of Butler relief pitcher Jennifer Chasteen.
Those two runs were all that the second-year Loyola pitcher needed. She retired the first two batters she faced in the seventh inning, before sophomore Jen Arriaga singled to leftfield. Solava ended the threat and the game by getting junior Alex Boros to pop up to shortstop.
Solava and Butler starter Nikki Naffziger locked up in a scoreless duel through the first three innings. The Bulldogs broke that deadlock in the top of the fourth inning when senior Jenny Jacobs launched a home run over the leftfield fence. It was the school-record 25th career home run for the Butler rightfielder.
Naffziger gave way to Chasteen with two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chasteen stopped the rally with a strikeout, an infield out at home plate and an infield pop-up.