Behind a strong showing from junior right-hander Michael Ellingsen, Loyola earned a 6-4 win over Providence Catholic at home Thursday in the Catholic Blue.
Ellingsen struck out 10 and over five innings to improve to 2-0 in his third start of the season. His best work might have been in the top of the fifth after the Celtics put the tying run on first base with no outs. Ellingsen ended the threat by retiring the next three, two by strikeout.
“Michael has the makeup to play at this level,” Loyola head coach Nick Bridich said. “He did a great job of gutting some stuff out [Thursday].”
Although Ellingsen was on varsity last season, he didn’t throw at all while dealing with an elbow issue.
“It was hard to not be able to pitch, but I learned a lot,” he said. “It was great to finally prove what I can do. I was confident out there.”
Providence scored four in the second to take a 4-1 lead. The Ramblers responded with three in their half of the inning to tie the game at 4-all. Loyola scored two, two-out runs in the third for the final margin. Senior Jack Moran drove home junior Andrew Smart for the game-winner.
Junior Daniel Reischl and senior Collin Gillespie combined to pitch two scoreless innings of the relief. Junior Mikey Bednarek went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Junior Ryan Nevins scored two runs.
“I was pleased with our performance,” Bridich said. “We did what we needed to do against a good team to win the game.”
Loyola (7-4, 1-1) travels to St. Rita on Friday to finish Tuesday’s game that was suspended. The Ramblers lead the Mustangs 18-10 through four innings. Loyola plays at Providence on Saturday to complete the first week of the conference schedule.