Loyola Ends Salukis' Season


By WSIL Sports

NORMAL -- The Softball Salukis swept three games from Loyola in Carbondale three weeks, beating MVC Pitcher of the Year Brittany Gardner twice.

Thursday, Gardner got her revenge.

After pitching a four-hit shutout to beat Drake earlier in the day, Gardner silenced SIU's bats, holding the Salukis to three infield hits on the way to a 6-1 quarterfinal win.

SIU's season ends at 28-25.

The loss extends Southern's drought to 23 years without a conference tournament title.  SIU's last such title came back in 1991, when the Salukis were still part of the Gateway Conference.

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