Pitching dominated both games of a doubleheader at Price Field on Saturday as the Indiana State softball team fell in a pair of games 2-0 and 5-2 to the Panthers of Northern Iowa.
In the first game of the day, the starting pitchers dominated early as there were a combined three hits through the first four innings of play.
The Panthers struck in the top of the fifth inning, when a pair of one out walks came around to score on a single to right field to take a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Erika Crissman hit a one out double before junior pitcher Yvette Alvarez walked. Both runners then stole one base before sophomore Alexa Cavin walked to load the bases with two outs. The Sycamores, came up empty, however, stranding the bases loaded.
The Sycamores had chances in the bottom of the 7th, getting runners to second and third with two outs but were not able to get on the board, falling by a final score of 2-0.
Sophomore pitcher Taylor Lockwood pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits with seven strikeouts.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the first inning of the second game with a one out solo home run to take a 1-0 advantage.
In the top of the third inning, Northern Iowa struck again, scoring one run to extend their lead to 2-0 after 2.5 innings complete.
In the bottom half of the inning, freshman Kassie Brown singled to first base before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Morgan Allee. Freshman Rylee Holland then singled to the pitcher to put runners on the corners. Freshman Brooke Riemenschneider then walked to load the bases with one out.
The Sycamores then got on the scoreboard as Holland and Brown both scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 2-2.
Northern Iowa answered in the top of the fourth with a single run to retake a 3-2 advantage before adding two more in the top of the seventh.
The Sycamores could not get any closer, however, as they fell in game two by a final score of 5-2.
Junior Yvette Alvarez pitched a complete game, allowing six hits with seven strikeouts.
The finale of the three-game series will take place at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Price Field.