CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa softball team picked up a pair of wins in the UNI-Dome this evening sweeping the Bradley Braves. UNI (21-21, 11-6 MVC) displayed another impressive performance at the plate in game one scoring seven runs to defeat the Braves, 7-1. In game two the Panthers kept it a closer game but came out on top, 4-1.
The Panthers scored seven runs off six hits in game one with the majority of the runs coming late in the game. UNI found a run in the first inning from leadoff batter Nicole Fisher to take an early lead, 1-0. Bradley tied the game in the fifth inning on a Rachel Huggins homer, 1-1. UNI plated runs in the back-to-back innings late in the game. Caitlin Wnek and Micalla Rettinger each accounted for two a piece, Gina Brown and Kristin Lock also tacked on a pair handing UNI the lead, 7-1. The Panthers were led at the plate by Gina Brown who went 3-for-4 with five RBI.
Jamie Fisher took the circle for UNI tossing another remarkable game. Fisher tossed a complete game six-hitter and fanned nine.
In game two, the Panthers struggled with the bats a bit tallying just six hits on the night which UNI was able to generate into four runs.
Caitlin Wnek got the Panthers started early connecting for her third homer on the season sending a solo shot over the leftfield wall. Kristin Lock was soon to follow on the scoring sending a double to right-center. Haley Kriener tacked on an RBI single which drove in Lock for the two-run lead. Kriener later scored a run of her own in the fourth inning after reaching base on a single, Gina Brown would then homer for a two-run shot scoring Kriener and giving UNI the 4-0 advantage.
Fisher started game two and was credited with the win after pitching a five-hit complete game.
The Panthers now ride a seven-game win-streak and will take the field again this Thurs., Apr. 25, at Robinson-Dresser Field at 5 p.m., against the Iowa Hawkeyes.