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9th ranked Missouri beat UNI Softball team 7-2

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

The University of Northern Iowa softball team returned home Wednesday afternoon for a border battle with the Tigers of Missouri. The Tigers came into the action carrying a 32-5 record to go along with a No. 9 national ranking.

The Tigers got a run in the top of the second when Ashley Fleming came home on a double steal of second and home.

Missouri would add three more runs on one swing of the bat to make it 4-0 in the top of the third, as Catherine Lee launched a three-run home run to right center.

The Panthers would do what few teams have been able to do all year to Chelsea Thomas in the bottom of the third. Leah Embrey led off the inning with a single to left, and advanced to second on Allison Galvin's one out bunt single. Hannah Borschel delivered in a big way against Thomas, who entered the game tied for first nationally in ERA. Borschel lined a double to the gap in right-center that scored both Embrey and Galvin.

Nicole Hudson extended the Tiger lead to 7-2 when she connected on a three-run home run in the top of the fifth.

Kristin Nottelman pitched the final three innings for the Tigers to slam the door on UNI for a 7-2 victory.

Jaye Hutcheson pitched well in relief for the Panthers, firing three shutout innings; allowing only one Tiger hit. With the loss, UNI falls to 23-18 on the season. UNI next heads to Des Moines for a three game weekend series with the Drake Bulldogs.

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