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Panther Softball notches four wins in Memphis

After knocking off MVC-foe Missouri State on Friday morning, the University of Northern Iowa Softball team finished off the University of Memphis Tiger Invitational with three more wins before tallying their one loss in the final game of the weekend.

On Friday afternoon, the Panthers avenged a loss to Western Illinois earlier this season, toppling the Westerwinds in a 5-0 shutout.

The Panthers scored all five of their runs in the bottom of the second inning, thanks in large part to a three-run homer from Senior Whitney Plein, her first of the season.

Hannah Borschel earned the other two RBI for UNI, knocking in Mackenzie Daigh and Layne Grgurich.

Jaye Hutcheson scored her first win of the season, going all seven innings for UNI, allowing no runs on five hits, while striking out four WIU hitters.

On Saturday, the Panthers fought their way to a pair of one-run victories over the University of Memphis and Southeastern Missouri State.

Against the Memphis Tigers, UNI needed some late game heroics to earn the 3-2 win.

With Memphis leading 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Senior Courtney Dunker sent a solo shot over the right field fence to know the game at 1-1.

But in the seventh, the Tigers used a Breslin Perry RBI single off of Hutcheson to regain the lead 2-0, heading into the bottom of the final frame.

But UNI, known for their late-game heroics in the past, rose to the occasion once again. With two outs, and two strikes against her, Junior Samantha Reimer tripled into the left field gap, scoring Plein from first base.

With McKena Carlson running for Reimer, Olivia Aten played the role of hero, sending a single up the middle, scoring Carlson, and giving UNI the 3-2 win.

In the night game, the Panthers survived a pitcher's duel with SEMO, outhitting the Redhawks 2-to-1.

Plein and Borschel came across the plate in the second and third innings, respectively, and Sophomore Pitcher Jessica Severinsen was outstanding in the winning effort, pitching a one-run, one-hit gem, while striking out three SEMO batters.

In the final game of the weekend, the Panthers came up on the wrong side of a pitcher's duel, being outhit by the Miami of Ohio Redhawks 2-to-1 in a 2-0 loss.

Hutcheson put together a valiant pitching effort in the losing cause, going four innings, while allowing just one earned run on two hits, striking out five.

But Miami's Jessica Simpson was in top-form, going all seven innings, allowing no runs, while recording six strikeouts. And the only thing between Simpson and a no-hitter was a Dunker double in the top of the second inning.

Dunker and Hutcheson were the only Panthers names to the All-Tournament team. Dunker went 3-13 over the weekend, including two doubles, a home run, and two RBI. Hutcheson picked up two wins and a loss on the weekend, pitching a total of twelve innings, allowing just two earned runs and nine hits, while totaling nine strikeouts.

The Panthers finished the weekend in a tie for first place, going 4-1, bringing their season total to 7-3 overall.

UNI will be in action again this weekend as they take on Weber State and Colorado State on Friday as part of the Colorado State Classic.


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