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UNI Softball pushes win streak to 12

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Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson earned her tenth win of the season on Tuesday. With the shutout, Hutcheson's ERA now sits at 2.17 this year. Senior Pitcher Jaye Hutcheson earned her tenth win of the season on Tuesday. With the shutout, Hutcheson's ERA now sits at 2.17 this year.
MACOMB, Ill. (KWWL) -

The University of Northern Iowa Softball team stepped out of conference play on Tuesday to put their 11-game winning streak on the line against the Western Illinois Westerwinds.

The Panthers headed to Macomb with plans to have a two-game set against WIU, but due to weather, UNI could only squeeze in one game against the Westerwinds.

With Panther Jaye Hutcheson and WIU's Kelsey Michelini both coming into the game with sub-3.00 ERA's, this game had all the makings of a classic pitcher's duel, which was just how it turned out in the first two innings, as both teams put runners in scoring position, but were unable to bring any runs across the plate.

In the third inning, UNI finally got on the scoreboard when seniors Laura Turner and Hannah Borschel reached base on a single and hit by pitch. These were soon followed by a Gina Brown two-run double, which gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

UNI continued to pour it on in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded walk for Brown, scoring Mackenzie Daigh from third. Later in the inning, Senior Courtney Dunker would clear the bases with a three-run triple to put the Panthers up 6-0.

UNI scored another pair of runs in the top of the fifth frame, thanks to a Turner RBI single, and a throwing error by the WIU catcher. UNI was on top 8-0.

Hutcheson allowed one base-runner in the bottom of the fifth, but had no trouble retiring the side, without allowing any runs across the plate; ending the game early due to the mercy rule.

Hutcheson earned her tenth win of the season, going a solid five innings, allowing no runs on five hits, while tallying two strikeouts. The ten wins is by far the most for Hutcheson in her Panther career, as she just had a combined 18 career wins through her first three seasons as a Panther.

Turner led the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Daigh went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The win gives UNI their twelfth win in a row - the longest since the Panthers began playing Division I softball in 1983.

Their record now stands at 25-9 overall, and they will return to Missouri Valley Conference play this Friday and Saturday, with a three-game set with in-state rival Drake University.

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