Former Northern Iowa pitcher and slugger Bailey Lange has left the Panthers program and will finish her career at conference rival Wichita State.
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The 2018 junior will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when she begins her career as a Shocker, which will be able to begin immediately after she was granted her full release from UNI. By virtue of the release, the two-way player will not have to sit out a year before suiting up for her new team.
Lange led UNI with nine home runs in 2017, including a solo shot in the Missouri Valley conference tournament championship game against Southern Illinois. Lange boasts seventeen career home runs and fifty-one career runs batted in.
In the pitching circle, Lange threw eighty-three innings for the Panthers in ‘17, pitching to a 3.80 ERA and accumulating 79 strikeouts, averaging nearly one KO per inning. She holds a 3.63 career ERA mark with 136 career strikeouts.
She joins a Shocker program that went 32-20 overall in 2017, including 16-9 in conference play. The Shockers earned the tournament's #4 overall seed and advanced to the bracket's semifinal before being eliminated by Northern Iowa.
The Shockers graduated two of their top hitters after last season, including batting leader Kelli Spring and Macklin Hitz. In the circle, the Shockers lost two hurlers that dominated in the circle a year ago, throwing more than 300 innings between themselves, in Katie Malone (2.21/162 SO/.248) and Jenni Brooks (2.68/33 SO/.268).