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UNI Softball splits doubleheader with Bradley

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The UNI Panther softball team split a double header at Bradley on Wednesday, suffering their first conference loss of the season. 

The Panthers, who won game won 8-1 , but lost the second game 9-3, are now 15-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference and 31-11 overall.

Two Panther seniors who don't mind taking a hit for the team, Hannah Borschel and Whitney Plein, have had a big role in making this a special season for UNI.

While getting hit with a softball is no treat, it hasn't stopped Plein and Borschel from turning it into a game. 

"I love getting hit, I mean it gets me on base, so I don't really care, and the team gets into it too, so it's always been kind of fun, " said Borschel.  "We were playing and we always talked about wearing pitches, and so we just kind of turned it into a game I guess."

Last year, Plein and Borschel got hit a combined 35 times, the second best total among teammates in the country, making them a nightmare matchup for opposing pitchers.

"Part of making the opponent, put them in a position where they don't get to do exactly what they want to do, that's part of their approach," said UNI softball coach Ryan Jacobs.  "I think it comes to a point where they know they can't throw us that pitch, and then they throw out the pitch we want to hit, so it kind of works out in our favor, so I can see frustration on that side.  You know they just have a very tough-minded approach, both of them they'll do whatever it takes to get on base."

"I wasn't a big fan of inside pitches last year, so I would, instead of laying off of it, I'd wear it to get on base," said Plein.

And not every player has what it takes to voluntarily get as battered and bruised as these players do.

This year, Borschel leads Plein 14-8 in the hit-by-pitch competition, but these players recognize that it's all about helping the team.

"On-base-percentage is really big, the more people we have on base, the more opportunities we have to score," said Plein.

"Any way you can get yourself on base to help the team give us a chance to score is a quality at-bat," said Jacobs.

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