NORMAL, Ill. - The University of Northern Iowa softball team dropped a pair of games this afternoon on the road against the Illinois State Redbirds on Saturday.
UNI came up short in game one falling to the Redbirds, 4-1, and was later defeated in a pitchers duel in game two, 1-0.
The Panthers (21-24, 11-8 MVC) were limited to just five hits in game one of the doubleheader producing their lone run of the game in the seventh inning. Kristin Lock plated the score for UNI after reaching base on a single to right field. Julia Hunter tallied the RBI single to right field which scored Lock.
Jamie Fisher started the game for the Panthers and took the loss. Fisher and the Panther defense got off to a bumpy start allowing three runs in the first inning. Fisher was quick to settle in keeping the Redbirds scoreless again until the sixth. Fisher went the distance allowing four runs, four hits and tallied six strikeouts.
In game two, the Panthers kept it a close game but fell short of a victory. The Panthers collected five hits throughout the duration of the game but were unable to plate a run after leaving six on base.
The Redbirds lone run came in the sixth inning after putting together three straight one-out singles to take a 1-0 advantage.
Fisher also started game two and took the loss. Fisher tossed a complete game six-hitter with four strikeouts.
UNI will cap the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at Marian Kneer Stadium in Normal, Ill., with the Panthers and Redbirds squaring off at Noon.