While the Kirkwoood Eagles hung tough, but University Of Northern Iowa pulled away late for the 13-6 victory in Cedar Falls, IA.
DoniRae Mayhew racked up three RBIs on one hit for the Eagles. She homered in the third inning.
Kirkwood jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the third. Taylor Nearad singled to ignite the Eagles offense. A groundout by Lexi Ferrari then moved Nearad from first to second. Mayhew homered, scoring Nearad and Maddie Hansen.
Northern Iowa went up for good in the fifth, scoring four runs on two errors and a two-run single byJaci Spencer.
Northern Iowa brought home three runs in the sixth inning, and matched that run total in the seventh. In the sixth, Northern Iowa scored on a fielder's choice, plating Brittany Roby.
One run in the top of the seventh helped the Eagles close their deficit to 7-4. A groundout by Abby Klendwrth set off the Kirkwood rally.
Northern Iowa survived the Kirkwood's surge and put up three runs of its own in the seventh. University Of Northern Iowa scored on an RBI double by Courtney Krodinger and a two-run double by Bailey Lange.
After pushing across one run in the top of the eighth, the Eagles faced just a 10-5 deficit. An RBI single by Angie McBeain gave the Eagles some life.
One run in the top of the tenth helped the Eagles close their deficit to 12-6. A sacrifice fly by Monika Bevans triggered the Kirkwood Eagles comeback.