Panthers bully the Bulldogs, softball wins doubleheader



Chelsea Ross winds up for the pitch. Ross leads the Panthers with nine homeruns and 145 strikeouts

DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

After winning two consecutive games against Drake University, the UNI softball team extended their overall record to 32-13.

The two wins against the Bulldogs puts the Panthers at a five game winning-streak. In their last five games, the Panthers have not been defeated at home and have only allowed seven total runs, compared to their 41.

Game One:

In their first of two games to be played on Tuesday, April 19, the Panthers emerged victorious with a final score of 7-1.

Early in the second inning, Bailey Lange hit a homerun over right field to score Samantha Olson and Kennedy Bailey in for three runs.

During the fifth inning, Alyssa Buchanan hit a homerun over left field, which brought Kate Kinnetz to home base and increased the Panther lead to 5-1.

Courtney Krodinger scored on an error by the Bulldogs’ short stop for the 7-1 Panther lead. With just two innings remaining, the Bulldogs could not rally for the comeback.

Throughout the course of the season, the Panthers have hit a total of 45 homeruns, as well as 235 RBI’s.

Game Two:

In their second game against Drake, 117 fans attended to witness a complete shutout as the Panthers scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second and one more in the third to win the doubleheader with a final score of 8-0.

With a great offensive approach, the Panthers were continuously getting on base and moving each other around the diamond.

Lange scored off an error and Micalla Rettinger advanced to third base. Caitlin Wnek hit a fly ball out to left field – bringing Rettinger home for an early 2-0 lead.

Bailey and Courtney Krodinger both hit homeruns for three RBIs to end the first inning with a 5-0 lead.

Chelsea Ross hit a homerun in the second inning to bring Rettinger home for the 7-0 lead.

The final run of the second game came from Olson’s single right up the middle to bring Krodinger home for the 8-0 lead. The Panthers needed only four innings to keep the Bulldogs out of reach.

Ross currently leads the team with nine homeruns this season. Wnek and Bailey are both second with six, and followed by Lange and Buchanan with five.

The Panthers will host a three-game series against Missouri State before they travel away for their next four games of the season.