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UNI SOFTBALL

Panthers complete home sweep over Loyola, 10-2

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Freshman Mya Dodge has been a spark plug for the top-seeded Northern Iowa softball team. The Panthers open MVC Tournament play today in Springfield, Mo. 

The Northern Iowa Panthers were able to complete a three-game sweep at home against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers with a 10-2 win on Sunday, despite winds that came in at nearly 30 m.p.h.

The Panthers started with a 1-2-3 inning on defense before freshman outfielder Mya Dodge and redshirt sophomore outfielder Sammy Moss got the first two runs of the game. The RBIs came from redshirt junior Kamryn Shaffer and Freshman Kylee Sanders, bringing the score to 2-0.

After a scoreless second inning, the Ramblers tied the game up with two runs in the third. Those ended up being the only runs given up in a solid performance by redshirt junior pitcher Kailyn Packard.

UNI responded with a two-run RBI single by sophomore catcher Emmy Wells to retake the lead 4-2.

After shutting Loyola down on defense at the top of the fourth, the Panthers took the opportunity to widen their lead. A home run by sophomore Daryn Lamprecht was followed by a double from Dodge, who made it home the next at bat thanks to an RBI double from redshirt sophomore Madison Parks.

All the while, heavy winds played havoc on hitting, especially as the ball went into the air.

“We were just focusing on hitting ground balls and line drives, and keeping it out of the air,” Lamprecht said.

That didn’t stop Lamprecht from hitting a second home run in the fifth inning. After that, Wells scored a two-run homer, bringing the score to 9-2. Parks finished the scoring off with a home run in the bottom of the sixth.

“Our goal right now is just to get better every day,” said head coach Ryan Jacobs. “And we know we’ve got a tough road coming up.”

Northern Iowa’s next game will be in Valparaiso on Friday.

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