The University of Northern Iowa women's softball team capped off a three-game series with the Missouri State Bears on Sunday.
Missouri State was able to salvage game three of the series with a 1-0 win in eight innings. The loss dropped UNI's season mark to 33-12 and 17-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Missouri State improved to 20-21 overall and 8-11 in the MVC.
Returning from game one of the series sophomore pitcher Jamie Fisher took the circle for the Panthers looking to improve on her 17-1 record. Getting off to a quick start Fisher struck out three of her first four batters in the first inning. Fisher tossed a complete game allowing six hits, striking out nine batters, and allowing just one run.
At the plate the Panthers had trouble collecting hits off Missouri State pitcher Natalie Rose. The Panthers only hit came in the first inning with two outs following a grounder to the right side from senior outfielder Hannah Borschel. With just a single hit in the contest the Panthers relied heavily on the defense to keep them in the game.
With Fisher and Rose in what seemed to be another Pitchers dual the game was pushed into extra innings. In the top of the eighth Missouri State put together two singles and a sacrifice bunt which resulted in a 1-0 Bears' lead. Unable to get a run across the plate in the bottom of the inning, the Panthers failed to match the Bears leaving UNI with just its second loss in conference play this season.
With the loss the Panthers snapped a 12-game win streak at Robinson Dresser Field. The Panthers will see action again Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Robinson Dresser Field taking on the Bradley Braves to wrap up the season series vs. the Braves. UNI and Bradley split a doubleheader in Peoria, Ill., earlier this season.