Panthers Wrap Up Conference Opener
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Monday 03/18/2012

The University of Northern Iowa softball team wrapped up its three-game series with the Purple Aces of Evansville on Sunday. Coming off of a pair of wins in Saturday’s doubleheader with the Purple Aces, UNI entered the game with a 16-9 record on the season and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley conference.

Sophomore Jamie Fisher took the rubber this afternoon getting off to a shaky start but quickly settled in. Fisher entered the matchup with a 7-1 record, coming off a win against the Purple Aces Saturday afternoon in game one.

At the plate the Panthers had a tough time getting the bats going early on. After going three up, three down in the first two innings freshmen Julia Hunter got the Panthers on base after taking a walk in the third. With Hunter on first, shortstop Mackenzie Daigh stepped into the box delivering a double to left-center field which allowed Hunter to display her speed making it around the bases beating the throw to the plate which also allowed Daigh to advance to third. Unable to put together any further runs the Panthers had to rely on their defense to win this game with the one-run advantage.

With a 1-0 lead entering the fourth Fisher went back to the circle with a slight cushion to work off of as she kept the Purple Aces off the board. Fisher tossed a complete game, allowing just three hits, no runs, and struck out seven on the way to her eighth win of the season. Fisher improved to 8-1 on the season while the Panthers improved to 17-9 overall and 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

UNI will see action again next weekend when they travel to Terre Haute, Ind., to take on the Sycamores of Indiana State.

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