EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The University of Northern Iowa softball team came up on the short end of a 4-3 decision in extra innings at the hands of the Evansville Purple Aces.
The Panthers built a 3-0 lead but could not make the cushion last and the Purple Aces rallied for the victory. The win also gave the Purple Aces the edge in the three-game series, 2-1.
Gina Brown’s two-run homer in the third inning followed up by Kristin Lock plating a run of her own gave UNI an early lead, 3-0. The three-run third inning capped the scoring for UNI. The Panthers were led by Brown’s offensive attack at the plate going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Jamie Fisher took the circle for UNI picking up right where she left off in game one against the Purple Aces. Fisher recorded three strikeouts in her first two innings of work and kept the Aces scoreless up until the fourth.
Plating runs through consecutive innings in the fourth and fifth, Evansville was able to even the score at 3-3. Both teams struggled for hits late in the game which led to extra innings. With runners in scoring position in the ninth, Evansville was able to close the door on UNI with a ground ball to the left side allowing the winning run to cross the plate.
Fisher fell to an even 11-11 mark on the season with the loss. Fisher pitched a complete game and gave up seven hits in the contest.
UNI (14-21, 4-6 MVC) will take the field again Wed., April 10, at 5 p.m. facing the Badgers of University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.