Softball goes 2-1 in series against Bradley


Michael Dunlop

Micalle Rettinger swings for the ball. The Panthers scored 26 total runs over the weekend.

DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

The University of Northern Iowa softball team travelled to Peoria, IL to take on Bradley University this weekend. The doubleheader on Saturday was split, while the Panthers won Sunday’s game.

Game One:

A strong defense held Bradley scoreless and the Panthers walked away with a 9-0 win over the Braves.

Kristin Lock doubled down the left foul line, bringing Courtney Krodinger to home plate for the first point of the game during the fourth inning.

Brittney Krodinger lit up the sixth inning and after a double of her own. Macey Wolfe and Anna Varriano made their way home to increase the Panther lead to 3-0. Krodinger scored later thanks to a Micalla Rettinger single.

In the seventh inning, the Panthers increased their lead by scoring five runs to run away with the game.  Bailey Lange hit a single homerun deep past center field for the 5-0 lead.

Following Lange’s homerun, Wolfe doubled to bring Kennedy Bailey and Courtney Krodinger home.

Varriano singled off a bunt and gave Wolfe the go ahead run. Finally, Caitlin Wnek singled to center field, bringing Nicholson in for the 9-0 panther victory.

Bailey Lange struck out six Braves as she won her third game.

Game Two:

The Panthers second game ended in a 6-1 defeat to Bradley.

Wnek scored the first run with a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed Brittney Krodinger to steal for home.

The Braves scored six-straight runs that ended with a two-run homerun in the fifth inning.

Game Three:

The Panthers returned to Laura Bradley Park on Sunday to defeat the Braves, 16-6.

The Panthers came out swinging right away. With two Panthers on base, Chelsea Ross hit a homerun for three RBI’s in the first couple minutes of the first inning.

Afterwards, Courtney Krodinger homered over left center to score Wnek and ended the first inning with a 5-0 Panther lead.

Rettinger started the second inning with a bunt to score Olson. Wnek homered afterwards over left center to bring her and Rettinger home for the 8-0 lead.

Brittney Krodinger increased the lead to 10-0 with a single to score Courtney Krodinger and Buchanan.

Nicholson scored in the third thanks to a Courtney Krodinger single for the 11-1 lead.

The Panthers ended the game early as they scored five runs in the fifth inning. Rettinger, Ross and Wnek all doubled to score three runs, Wnek stole home and Bailey doubled to score Buchanan.

In a great team effort, nine Panthers put points on the board to break the 200-run milestone with a total of 205 runs this season.

The Panthers will travel to Iowa City on Tuesday, April 12 to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 4 p.m.