The University Of Northern Iowa softball team entered day three action of the USF Under Armour Classic Sunday morning facing a pair of games set to wrap up the tournament
Taking on the Golden Griffins of Canisius College in game one of Sunday’s matchups the Panthers sent senior pitcher Jaye Hutcheson to the mound. Hutcheson, 3-5 coming in to Sunday’s matchup, came out firing from start to finish. Allowing two hits in the first inning, Hutcheson held the Golden Griffins scoreless.
At the plate senior Hannah Borschel got the bats going for the Panthers in the first inning reaching base after getting hit by a pitch. Senior Courtney Dunker took her turn at the plate sending a triple to the right center field fence which brought Borschel across the plate putting the Panthers on the board with a 1-0 lead.
As the Panthers entered the third inning they had plenty of fire power left to display at the plate. The Panthers got the inning started with six straight batters reaching base before the Golden griffins recorded an out from an at bat. In the third inning alone the Panthers earned five hits and acquired seven runs to put on the board giving UNI an 8-0 advantage as they entered the fourth inning.
With Hutcheson on the rubber, the senior from Marion, Iowa was nearly untouchable when paired with the help of a stellar defense. Hutcheson kept the Golden Griffins quiet throughout the game. Pitching a full five innings Hutcheson faced eighteen batters, allowed just four hits, and struck out nine in the process of her shutout victory. Jaye improved to 4-5 following Sunday’s win and gave the Panthers plenty of momentum as they entered game two of Sunday’s matchups.
In game two sophomore Jamie Fisher took the mound against the state university of New Jersey’s Rutgers. Fisher entering the game with a perfect 6-0 record played exceptionally well keeping the Rutgers off the bases nearly the entire game. Retiring eight of her first ten batters Fisher was off to a fast start with no signs of slowing down.
At the plate Panthers got the bats going in the first inning where senior Mackenzie Daigh got the bats started with a triple back to the right center field fence. Senior Hannah Borschel took her turn at the plate with one out sending an RBI single to the outfield allowing Daigh to cross the plate putting UNI on the boards with a 1-0 lead. Entering the second inning, senior Whitney Plein got the Panthers started with a single up the middle. Following an Emma Plese walk and a wild pitch the Panther’s were quickly in scoring position. Junior Samantha Reimer took her turn at the plate laying down a sacrifice bunt moving the base runners over followed by a wild pitch that have the Panthers a quick 2-0 lead. Hanging onto to that lead, UNI had a few more runs left in them entering the fifth inning and sixth innings with pairs of singles from Laura Turner and Gina Brown in the fifth and a pair singles from Daigh and Turner in the sixth. UNI entered the 7th inning with a 4-0 advantage.
Fisher continued to impress on the mound not allowing a run across the board through the entire game. Fisher pitched a full seven innings where she faced twenty five batters, struck out five runs, and allowed just one hit through the entire game. Fisher improved her record to 7-0 and improved the Panthers record to 13-7 on the season.
UNI will see action again Tuesday afternoon with a doubleheader vs. the University of North Florida.