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Panthers earn three wins in South Florida

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The University of Northern Iowa Softball team finished up action at the Under Armour Classic, hosted by the University South Florida, with a 3-2 record, including two decisive wins Sunday morning.

The Panthers started the weekend with a pair of pitcher's duels on Friday, defeating Boston University 1-0 to start the weekend, before dropping a 2-1 decision to Central Connecticut State.

Friday morning against the Terriers, UNI didn't record their first hit until the fourth inning on a Laura Turner double, and both teams stayed off the board until the top of the sixth inning, when a Hannah Borschel sacrifice fly brought home Pinch-Runner Leah Embrey to give the Panthers a lead they would not relinquish.

Turner and Senior Allison Galvin accounted for all four of the Panther hits as both went 2-for-3, while Turner recorded the lone RBI.

Sophomore sensation Jamie Fisher was sparkling in the circle, allowing just two hits, and striking out eight Terrier batters, bringing her record to 6-and-0 this season.

In the Panthers' afternoon game on Friday, UNI again only managed to bring one run across the plate, but this time it wasn't enough, as the Blue Devils used a seventh inning rally to pull off the win.

Panther Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson and CCSU Pitcher Laura Messina went blow for blow through the first five and a half innings, keeping the game scoreless until Ashley Black, who had reached first on a strikeout-passed ball, was brought home by a Kat Malcolm fielder's choice, giving CCSU a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers clawed back in the top of the seventh, thanks to a Haley Kriener single, which brought home Embrey to knot the game at 1-1.

But the Blue Demons rallied again in the bottom of the seventh as Arielle Bruno used a sacrifice ground out to bring home Macy Stefanski for the go-ahead run, giving CCSU the 2-1 win.

Despite the loss, Hutcheson still looked impressive in the circle, allowing just one earned run on three hits, while recording seven strikeouts.

In the Panthers' lone game on Saturday, another one-run performance wasn't enough against the Blackbirds of Long Island University, as LIU dropped UNI with a 5-1 decision.

Panther Sophomore Jessica Severinsen looked solid through the first two innings, but the Blackbirds broke the game open in the third and fourth frames, putting two and three runs on the board respectively, before Severinsen yielded the circle to Fisher.

UNI put one run on the board in the top of the sixth inning, when Kriener tripled to left field, and was brought across the plate thanks to a Galvin single.

Galvin and Kriener combined for five of the six total Panther hits, while Severinsen took the loss after going 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs, while recording two strikeouts.

On Sunday, the Panthers pulled out all the stops, and got their hitting and pitching on the same page in a pair of shutout wins over Canisius and Rutgers.

UNI got the ball rolling early in the first game, thanks to a Courtney Dunker triple, which brought home Borschel, giving the Panthers an early 1-0 lead.

UNI broke the game wide open in the third inning, thanks to seven runs on five Panther hits, highlighted by RBI singles from Mackenzie Daigh and Aly Zembruski.

After that, all UNI needed was to retire the side in the fourth and fifth innings in order to end the game early, due to the mercy rule.

Hutcheson took the shutout win to earn her fourth victory of the season, allowing no runs on four hits, while recording a season-high nine strikeouts.

Daigh led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Melissa Walls was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI.

In the weekend finale against Rutgers, it was Fisher's turn this time to bring the heat in the circle.

UNI got the scoring started in the early innings, as Daigh led off the game with a triple to right field, and was promptly brought home on a Borschel RBI single. And in the second, Whitney Plein came across the plate on an error by the catcher, giving UNI a 2-0 lead.

That lead was all Fisher needed against the Scarlet Knights, as she went a full seven innings, allowing no runs on just one hit, while striking out five.

The win was Fisher's seventh of the season, and after allowing no runs in 16.2 innings pitched over the weekend, she improves her season ERA to a measly 1.48

The Panthers tacked on a couple of late-inning runs to earn a 4-0 victory to bring their record to 3-and-2 on the weekend.

The Panthers' record now stands at 13-7 on the year, and they will remain in Florida for a pair of games Tuesday against the North Florida Ospreys, and a Wednesday match up with the Stetson University Hatters.

The University of Northern Iowa Softball team finished up action at the Under Armour Classic, hosted by the University South Florida, with a 3-2 record, including two decisive wins Sunday morning.

The Panthers started the weekend with a pair of pitcher's duels on Friday, defeating Boston University 1-0 to start the weekend, before dropping a 2-1 decision to Central Connecticut State.

Friday morning against the Terriers, UNI didn't record their first hit until the fourth inning on a Laura Turner double, and both teams stayed off the board until the top of the sixth inning, when a Hannah Borschel sacrifice fly brought home Pinch-Runner Leah Embrey to give the Panthers a lead they would not relinquish.

Turner and Senior Allison Galvin accounted for all four of the Panther hits as both went 2-for-3, while Turner recorded the lone RBI.

Sophomore sensation Jamie Fisher was sparkling in the circle, allowing just two hits, and striking out eight Terrier batters, bringing her record to 6-and-0 this season.

In the Panthers' afternoon game on Friday, UNI again only managed to bring one run across the plate, but this time it wasn't enough, as the Blue Devils used a seventh inning rally to pull off the win.

Panther Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson and CCSU Pitcher Laura Messina went blow for blow through the first five and a half innings, keeping the game scoreless until Ashley Black, who had reached first on a strikeout-passed ball, was brought home by a Kat Malcolm fielder's choice, giving CCSU a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers clawed back in the top of the seventh, thanks to a Haley Kriener single, which brought home Embrey to knot the game at 1-1.

But the Blue Demons rallied again in the bottom of the seventh as Arielle Bruno used a sacrifice ground out to bring home Macy Stefanski for the go-ahead run, giving CCSU the 2-1 win.

Despite the loss, Hutcheson still looked impressive in the circle, allowing just one earned run on three hits, while recording seven strikeouts.

In the Panthers' lone game on Saturday, another one-run performance wasn't enough against the Blackbirds of Long Island University, as LIU dropped UNI with a 5-1 decision.

Panther Sophomore Jessica Severinsen looked solid through the first two innings, but the Blackbirds broke the game open in the third and fourth frames, putting two and three runs on the board respectively, before Severinsen yielded the circle to Fisher.

UNI put one run on the board in the top of the sixth inning, when Kriener tripled to left field, and was brought across the plate thanks to a Galvin single.

Galvin and Kriener combined for five of the six total Panther hits, while Severinsen took the loss after going 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs, while recording two strikeouts.

On Sunday, the Panthers pulled out all the stops, and got their hitting and pitching on the same page in a pair of shutout wins over Canisius and Rutgers.

UNI got the ball rolling early in the first game, thanks to a Courtney Dunker triple, which brought home Borschel, giving the Panthers an early 1-0 lead.

UNI broke the game wide open in the third inning, thanks to seven runs on five Panther hits, highlighted by RBI singles from Mackenzie Daigh and Aly Zembruski.

After that, all UNI needed was to retire the side in the fourth and fifth innings in order to end the game early, due to the mercy rule.

Hutcheson took the shutout win to earn her fourth victory of the season, allowing no runs on four hits, while recording a season-high nine strikeouts.

Daigh led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, while Melissa Walls was 1-for-2 with a run and two RBI.

In the weekend finale against Rutgers, it was Fisher's turn this time to bring the heat in the circle.

UNI got the scoring started in the early innings, as Daigh led off the game with a triple to right field, and was promptly brought home on a Borschel RBI single. And in the second, Whitney Plein came across the plate on an error by the catcher, giving UNI a 2-0 lead.

That lead was all Fisher needed against the Scarlet Knights, as she went a full seven innings, allowing no runs on just one hit, while striking out five.

The win was Fisher's seventh of the season, and after allowing no runs in 16.2 innings pitched over the weekend, she improves her season ERA to a measly 1.48

The Panthers tacked on a couple of late-inning runs to earn a 4-0 victory to bring their record to 3-and-2 on the weekend.

The Panthers' record now stands at 13-7 on the year, and they will remain in Florida for a pair of games Tuesday against the North Florida Ospreys, and a Wednesday match up with the Stetson University Hatters.

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