WICHITA, Kan.- Bradley out hit the Panthers, 11-7, but it was Northern Iowa that scored nine and held the Braves to two runs.
Bradley’s Matt Fritz had a game-high three hits, but the Braves left 12 on base, and the Panthers used timely execution and walks to their advantage.
Tied at one, UNI took the lead with two runs in the fourth before opening it up in the seventh inning. Dane Embury walked and advanced to second on a ground out by Travis Hendrix. Brandon Douglas took one back up the middle for an RBI single and the bases were loaded with walks to Chris Lopez and Brett Featherston. On a 3-1 count, Brett Douglas started for first on what he thought was ball four, but was called back to plate, drawing a full count. The junior regrouped and delivered a sharp hit to left field that plated two. Eddie Almonte followed with a double to center field that gave the Panthers an 8-2 advantage.
Embury added one more with a shot smashed off the scoreboard in left field. It was the ninth homer of the year for the senior outfielder.
UNI’s Guido Fonseca (9-2) earned the win with five innings of work, five hits and three walks. Taylor Sinclair threw the final four innings, giving up six hits. Each pitcher allowed an earned run and struck out three.
Rob Scahill finished at 4-6 on the year, and was tagged with six earned runs on four hits and four walks in 6.2 innings.
Head Coach Dewey Kalmer announced his retirement in a press conference following the game.
Northern Iowa will play Thursday at 3 p.m., against a team to be determined. Thursday’s first game features Creighton and Missouri State.