TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Northern Iowa dropped the finale of a three-game series at Indiana State Sunday, losing 2-1 in eight innings.
After ripping 21 hits and five home runs in a double header sweep on Saturday, the Panthers (11-10 overall, 2-1 Missouri Valley Conference) were held to just three hits.
The Sycamores won it on a bases-loaded, single by Shaye Barton in the bottom of the eight.
ISU took a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo home run by Brooke Mann. UNI tied it as Adara Opiola hit her second home run in as many days in the top of the fourth.
The Sycamores (10-12, 1-2) loaded the bases against UNI relievers Eric Oler and Brooke Craig in the eighth on a single and a pair of walks, second walk intentional. Barton followed with shot to the right field fence that plated Leslie Sims.
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UNI returns to action Saturday at Missouri State.
Indiana St. 2, UNI 1 (8)
Northern Iowa 000 100 00 — 1 3 0
Indiana State 010 000 01 — 2 7 0
Emma Olejniczak, Erica Oler (4), Brooke Craig (8) and Ashley Chesser. Schnaiter, Blankenship (5) and Mann. WP — Blankenship (3-4). LP — Oler (1-4). 2B — ISU: Marsicek. HR — ISU: Mann. UNI — Opiola.