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Panthers Wrap Up Eight Game Road Stretch
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Saturday 03/14/2012
The University Of Northern Iowa softball team put an end to its eight-game road stretch in Florida this afternoon. After finishing the USF Under Armour classic with a 3-2 tournament record followed up with a pair of losses to North Florida, the Panthers entered their final game with a 13-9 record on the season.

Taking on the Hatters of Stetson University the Panthers sent sophomore pitcher Jessica Severinsen to the circle. Severinsen, getting off to a bumpy start walking her first batter settled in quickly and retired her next three batters getting the Panthers out of the inning quickly.

At the plate the Panthers had a slow start in the first inning but came out swinging in the second with plenty of fire power. Senior first basemen Gina Brown got the inning started displaying her power with a hard hit shot over the left field fence putting the Panthers up 1-0. Senior Allison Galvin kept the inning alive with a single to first followed by a Whitney Plein double to right center field which allowed Galvin to cross the plate. Leah Embrey took her turn at the plate connecting for a triple down the right field line just sneaking into fair territory which allowed Plein to score.  With a 3-0 lead and one out freshmen Julia Hunter stepped up to the plate sending a hard hit grounder to the second basemen who fired home in hopes of keeping Embrey from scoring. After nearly getting tagged out at the plate Embrey snuck back to third base safely while distracting the defense as Hunter took off for second. With runners in scoring position and one out senior Mackenzie Daigh advanced after getting hit by a pitch and loaded the bases for Laura Turner. Turner wasted no time in the box sending an RBI single up the middle. Gina Brown stepped up to the plate for her second at bat of the inning following Turner's single and a fly ball to center field.  With two outs and a five run advantage the senior from New Lenox, Illinois walked allowing Daigh to cross the plate putting the Panthers up 6-0 as they entered the bottom of the inning.

With the six run cushion the Panthers built up at the plate, Severinsen headed back out to the rubber keeping the Hatters off the board. With the help of her defense the sophomore from Elizebeth, Colorado kept the Hatters far from. Severinsen allowed just one hit through the first four innings of play, allowing the Panthers to only build on their six run lead.

UNI struggled to get the bats going in the third but came out swinging in the fourth inning extending the Panther lead. Senior Hannah Borschel got the inning started with a single up the middle followed by Gina Brown's second home run of the day and her third RBI.  The Panthers extended their lead to 8-0 as they entered the bottom of the fifth. Severinsen returned to the rubber leaving everything she had on the field. Allowing a single down the right line was all the Panthers allowed as they finished off the next three batters and put the game to an end. Severinsen threw a full five innings facing twenty one batters, allowing three hits, no runs, and struck out two in the process of improving her record in the circle to 2-2 and the Panthers to a 14-9 record on the season. UNI will face action again Saturday afternoon when they open up the conference taking on the Purple Aces of Evansville.


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