COLUMBIA, Missouri – The UNI softball team fell to the Cyclones of Iowa State 4-3 in the elimination game at the NCAA Regional on Saturday night. The Panthers finish the season with a 32-20 record.
The Cyclones got on the board first, going up 3-0 in the first inning. An early pitching change put Hailey Sanders in the circle for the Panthers. The freshman pitcher pitched 6 full innings, throwing 91 pitches with 6 strikeouts.
The Panthers scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the 6th inning when Kamryn Shaffer pierced a RBI double to center field, scoring Maggie Erpelding. Brooke Snider tied the game moments later, hitting a 2 RBI single to left center, bringing in Taylor Hogan and Kamryn Shaffer.
The Cyclones responded in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run by Carli Spelhaug to take a 4-3 lead. The Panthers replaced Hailey Sanders with Kailyn Packard with 2 outs in the 7th. Packard threw 9 pitches with 1 strikeout.