LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Northern Iowa softball team won the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game this afternoon downing the No. 24-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 2-1.
UNI (27-25, overall) was the first to strike in the game plating a run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. With two outs, the Panthers received back-to-back singles from Caitlin Wnek and Micalla Rettinger to put UNI in scoring position. Gina Brown reached on an infield single to the shortstop beating out the throw. Brown’s single allowed Wnek to score from third plating the program’s first-ever run in an NCAA Tournament game.
Tulsa would answer back in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1-1. With bases loaded and one out, Tulsa’s Catherine Horner lined a single to Samantha Olson in left field. Tulsa benefited the game-tying run on the play but surrendered an out after Olson gunned down Julie Kernen at the plate from left field.
The Panthers were quick to retake the lead in the bottom of the frame. With bases loaded and twoouts Caitlin Wnek drew a walk to score Olson and give UNI a lead it would not relinquish.
Jamie Fisher finished off the Golden Hurricanes by striking out the side in the seventh for the victory. Fisher struck out 12 and earned her 22nd victory on the season.
UNI will take on Stanford at 7:30 p.m. tonight in an elimination game.