TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Brittney Krodinger lead off each game with a home run as Northern Iowa opened Missouri Valley Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of Indiana State Saturday.
Krodinger hit three home runs on the day, as she went 4-for-8 with four runs and six RBIs.
Krodinger’s first home run helped UNI stake starting pitcher Emma Olejniczak to a 2-0 lead and she made it hold up. Olejniczak worked six innings, before Brooke Craig struck out two as part of a clean seventh to pick up her first save.
The Panthers (11-9 overall, 2-0 MVC) broke the opener open when Krodinger connected on a three-run shot in the top of the sixth. Ashley Chesser and Jenny Kohl added 2-for-4 efforts at the plate to aid UNI’s victory.
In game two, Krodinger’s third blast sparked a 3-0 top of first for the Panthers, but the Sycamores rallied to tie it in the bottom of the first. But that is all the Sycamores (9-12, 0-2) would get no more thanks to Craig.
Craig came on in the bottom of the second and blanked ISU over the final six innings allowing just four hits, while striking out one and walking none to earn her fourth win of the season.
Sammy Bunch, who hit her seventh home run of the season in the opener, was one of four UNI batters to drive in two in the nightcap. Adara Opiola, Chesser and Krodinger also drove in two, while Opiola hit her first home run of the season. a two-run shot in the first.
The Panthers and Sycamores wrap up their three-game set today at 11 a.m.
UNI 6-10, Indiana St. 3-3
UNI 200 004 0 — 6 10 2
Indiana St. 001 002 0 — 3 4 0
Emma Olejniczak, Erica Oler (5), Brooke Craig (7) and Chesser. Schnaiter, Blankenship (4), Kruzel (7) and Mann. WP — Olejniczak (4-3). LP — Schnaiter (5-4). Save — Craig (1). 2B — UNI: Chesser. ISU: Peterson. HR — UNI: Krodinger 2, Bunch. ISU: Mann.
UNI 304 000 3 — 10 11 1
Indiana St. 300 000 0 — 3 7 2
Hannah Kelley, Brooke Craig (2) and Ashley Chesser. Sims, Kruzel (3), Otterbach (5) and Mann. WP — Craig (4-2). LP — Sims (1-2). 2B — UNI: B. Krodinger, Bunch 2. ISU: Guercio, Marsicek. HR — UNI: B. Krodinger, Opiola.