The Indiana State softball team (19-17, 2-9 MVC) fell behind early and despite a late rally, fell 9-5 to the Panthers of Northern Iowa (21-9, 8-3 MVC) Sunday in the finale of the three-game series at Price Field.
The Panthers struck early as they scored six runs off five hits with two outs in the top of the first inning to take a 6-0 lead over the Sycamores after one half inning of play.
Northern Iowa added on more in the top of the second and two in the top of the fourth to take a 9-0 advantage over the Sycamores after 3.5 innings complete.
The Sycamores would not go down easily, however, as they began to rally in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Rylee Holland led off the inning with a single to the pitcher before senior Shelby Wilson hit a double to right center to score Holland. Wilson then advanced to third on a groundout by freshman Brooke Riemenschneider. After a walk by sophomore Abbie Malchow, Crissman singled through the left side to score Wilson and cut the UNI lead to 9-2.
Again in the bottom of the fifth inning the Sycamores clawed their way back, scoring three runs off two hits. Dickerson led off the inning with a double before freshman Kassie Brown was hit by a pitch. Senior Morgan Allee then hit an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Holland then hit an RBI groundout before Wilson reached on an error to score Brown and Allee and cut the Panther lead to 9-5.
The Sycamores could get no closer, however, as they fell by a final score of 9-5.
Allee finished the game 3-4 with a run scored while Wilson was 1-4 with two RBI’s and a run scored.
The Sycamores will return to action Wednesday when they travel to Indianapolis, Ind. to play a doubleheader against IUPUI.