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Panthers drop doubleheader to Creighton

DES MOINES, Iowa - The UNI softball team fell to MVC leader Creighton, 5-1, to snap the Panthers three-game winning streak in game one of the doubleheader. The Bluejays outhit the Panthers, 9-3, and improve to 8-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play and 20-9 on the season, while the Panthers drop to 8-4 in MVC play and 24-12 overall.

Bluejay ace Tara Oltman (16-6) was dominant as she pitched a complete game three-hitter, allowed no earned runs and struck out seven batters.

Panther ace Jen Larsen (13-6) took the loss after pitching a complete game nine-hitter. Larsen allowed four earned runs and struck out two batters.

The Bluejays jumped out to an early 1-0 in the top of the first after Michelle Garner's RBI double pushed the first run across the plate.

Garner finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI.

The Panthers responded with a run in the bottom of the second after a fielding error allowed UNI senior Brittney Balduf to even the score, 1-1. Freshman Hannah Borschel also tried to score after the error but was gunned down at home to end the inning. The Panthers loaded the bases with one out in the inning but were unable to push more than one run across the plate.

Creighton regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning after Liz McKewon's RBI single put Creighton in front for good, 2-1.

The Bluejays added two more runs in the top of the fifth after Garner's double drove in two runs. The Bluejays also added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning after preseason All-MVC selection Renane Sinlker's RBI single.

Notes: This was only the third time all season the Panthers had three hits or fewer in a game...Junior Megan Machovec extended her current hitting streak to seven games...Juniors Jen Larsen and Rachel Gerking both had their eight-game hitting streaks come to an end...The Bluejays have won seven straight games against the Panthers.

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