Panthers Day Two Action In Clearwater
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Thursday 03/10/2012
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
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The University of Northern Iowa women’s softball team entered day two action of the USF Under Armour Classic Saturday afternoon taking on the Black Birds of Long Island University. Coming off a tough loss from Central Connecticut on Friday night the Panthers were ready to get back on the field. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Severinsen entered the circle for the Panthers for her third start on the season. Severinsen, with the help of her defense got off to an excellent start keeping the Black Birds off the board.

At the plate the Panthers had a harsh time getting the bats going struggling early on just to get base runners. Gina Brown got the Panther’s started in the first inning with two outs sending a base hit to left field but was left on base as the black birds collected their third out. In the second inning junior Haley Kreiner got the Panthers rolling after reaching base on an error by the third basemen taking a grounder off the chest. Senior Allison Galvin took her turn at the plate sending a slow roller to the pitcher as she displayed her speed legging it out for a base hit and advancing Kreiner to second.

Entering the third inning the Panthers had held the Black Birds to a close game keeping it tied at 0-0. Following a trio of base hits and a wild pitch the Black Birds had two quick runs on the board before the Panthers could capture their third out. Heading back to the plate in the later innings of the game UNI had work cut out for them unable to get the bats going. Junior Haley Kreiner at the plate for the third appearance of the night helped contribute to the Panthers lone run that came in the sixth inning. After a hard hit single sent deep to the left field fence Kreiner found her self with a stand up triple leaving her in scoring position with two outs. Senior Allison Galvin then tacked on an RBI single before getting caught in a run down racing for extra bases.

Despite the effort UNI fell the Long Island University, 5-1.

The Panther’s finished the game with just six hits and one run. The Panther’s were led by senior outfielder Allison Galvin who went three for three at the plate with a trio of singles and an RBI.  Severinsen pitched nearly four innings facing twenty batters, allowing seven hits, and five runs, while striking out two in the process before sophomore Jamie Fisher came in to finish the game. Severinsen fell to 1-2 on the season as the Panthers dropped to 11-7 on the season with a pair of games to be played Sunday afternoon against Canisus and Rutgers University.

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