CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa softball team swept a pair of games at Robinson-Dresser Field this afternoon taking down the Missouri State Bears.
UNI (24-14 overall, 11-7 MVC) scored 10 runs on 14 hits in game one and kept the bats going through game two picking up a 9-1 decision over the Bears (23-20 overall, 6-11 MVC).
The Panther offense was explosive from start to finish in game one scoring runs in every inning. Julia Hunter and Caitlin Wnek got the bats going early with back-to-back hits and a 1-0 lead. Gina Brown worked the count to draw a walk putting runners at first and second. Rikki Alcaraz cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left field extending the Panther lead to 4-0.
Samantha Olson kept the offense rolling in the second inning with a double. Hunter again kept the inning alive with an RBI-single. Brown picked up her first hit of the game with a single to the right side to put runners at first and second again. Alcaraz then drilled her second three-run homer of the game to give the Panthers an 8-0 advantage.
Alcaraz picked up her seventh and final RBI of the game in the third inning, which plated Samantha Olson, for a 9-0 lead. Alcaraz paced the UNI offense going 3-for-3 with two homers, a single and seven RBI.
Kristin Lock plated the final run in game one with a solo shot to left, her sixth homer this season.
Jamie Fisher picked up her 14th win after tossing four innings in a three-hit shutout with a trio of strikeouts.
The Panther offense carried straight into game two plating nine runs on seven hits.
A four-run first was highlighted by a Micalla Rettinger grand slam giving UNI a 4-0 advantage.
Scoreless in the second, the Panther bats picked up again in the third with pair of singles from Lock and Brown lifting the Panther lead to 5-1. Brown again made her presence felt in the fourth with a three-run homer that gave UNI an 8-1 lead.
Rettinger closed the door on the Bears in the fifth inning with a walk-off home run to center which clinched the 9-1 win.
Chelsea Ross picked up her 10th win on the season as she worked five innings and allowed three hits and one run. Ross fanned five Bears.
UNI and Missouri State will wrap up the series tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at Robinson-Dresser Field.