First-year slugger Shannon McGee is one of Loyola softball’s rookie players making an impact.
The Loyola softball team (24-21, 7-13) is on a three- conference-series-win streak after winning six of its last eight games against Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) opponents.
When Loyola built its softball park in 1997, it was very traditionally surfaced with dirt infields and grass outfields. Throughout the last 10 years, the university has been converting the infield and the outfield to artificial turf. Last year, Loyola completed the process, which has taken the field’s unpredictability out of practices and games, according to head coach Jeff Tylka.
The Loyola softball team (17-10, 0-6) came out of the gates strong. After going 10-0 in their first two tournaments, the Ramblers traveled to beat North Carolina A&T State University and Alabama State University to push the winning streak to a program-record 14 games. But they might have built a start they couldn’t continue.
After a hot start to its season the Loyola softball team started its MVC season by getting swept 3-0 by Evansville.
With four wins at the Madeira Beach Invitational Feb. 24, the Loyola softball team improved to 10-0 on the season and continues to surprise with its hot start — the best in program history.
The Loyola softball team has started its season 5-0 after a perfect start at the Total Control Invitational, but it might not carry the success through conference play.
The Loyola softball team was picked to finish last in the MVC for the second year in a row after going 5-19 in the conference last season. The Ramblers enter the season with 12 underclassmen including 7 first-years.