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UNI Softball bulldozes Iowa State

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Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson tossed her second one-hitter within the last week. Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson tossed her second one-hitter within the last week.
AMES (KWWL) -

The University of Northern Iowa Softball team stepped out of conference play on Tuesday for an in-state tilt with Big 12 foe Iowa State.

The Panthers made quick work of the Cyclones, ending the game in just five innings, due to the mercy rule, leaving Ames with an 8-0 victory over the Cyclones.

After a scoreless first inning, UNI jumped all over ISU in the top of the second frame, scoring six runs that would go unanswered.

Senior Allison Galvin started the inning off with a double to left field, which was followed by a home run from fellow Senior Whitney Plein, her third of the season.

Freshman Melissa Walls followed that up with a solo shot of her own to give UNI a fast 3-0 lead.

Mackenzie Daigh, Laura Turner, and Hannah Borschel all came across the plate in the third inning to give the Panthers a comfortable 6-0 lead after just two innings.

In the third inning, Haley Kriener scored Plein from second on an RBI single, and the Panthers piled it on in the fourth frame on a Gina Brown solo home run; her fourth of the young season.

But the Panthers didn't just get strong production at the plate. Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson was sparkling in the circle, pitching all five innings, striking out four Cyclone batters, while a Cyclone single in the second inning was the only thing between Hutcheson and a no-hitter. This was her second one-hitter in the last four days,

Daigh led UNI at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Plein went 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBI, and Borschel was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

UNI now stands at 21-9 overall this season, and they will return to conference play this weekend with a trip to Kansas for a three game tilt with the Wichita State Shockers, who have one win in their last 17 games.

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