Owl Softball Splits with Maine Maritime Academy

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine at Presque Isle earned their fourth win of the season on Saturday afternoon in a double-header split against the Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy at Mahaney Dome on the campus of UMaine. The Lady Owls earned the 6-5 victory in the 8th inning of the first game, then dropped a 6-1 decision in the second contest of the afternoon. With the split, the Owls move to 4-7 on the season.

In the first game of the afternoon, the Lady Mariners jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. UMPI answered back, scoring two runs in the top of the second. Junior Cassie Green (Truro, NS) opened up the inning with a base-hit single; hurler Krista Coffin (Presque Isle, ME) popped up to centerfield for her teams first out of the inning. Sophomore Kellie Peers (Caswell, ME) then singled, advancing Green to third; Green reached home on a throwing error by the MMA catcher, Peers also advanced to second base on the play. Junior Kathleen Higgins (Cole Harbour, NS) singled, advancing Peers to third to set up the plate for sophomore Carolynn Tuck (Brewer, ME) who then earned an RBI single, plating teammate Peers on the hit giving UMPI the 2-1 lead after two innings of play.

The Mariners answered in the bottom of the third inning, plating two runs to take the 3-2 lead. But UMPI once again battled back and scored two more in the top of the fourth. Tuck, who continues to play outstanding on the season for her Owl team, cranked a double with two outs in the inning. Then junior 3B, Desiree Smith (Thomaston, ME), earned a solid RBI double, scoring Tuck to tie the ball game at 3-3. Smith then advanced to third on a passed ball, setting the stage for a Lainey Herring (Houlton, ME) RBI single to give the Owls the 4-3 lead.

MMA tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the same inning after plating another run. Both teams remained scoreless for the rest of the ballgame, forcing extra innings.

In the top of the eighth, Coffin was placed on second base; Peers earned a base on balls to place runners at first and second. Higgins then layed down a bunt to advance runners and load the bases. Carolynn Tuck, facing the pitcher with no outs and bases loaded, earned an RBI on a hit by the pitch. Desiree Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Peers and giving UMPI the 6-4 lead in the game.

MMA rallied in the bottom of the same inning, scoring one but coming up short as the Owls held the 6-5 lead and eventually first-game victory of the day.

Freshman Krista Coffin earned the win, going the full eight innings and allowing five runs on 12 hits; Coffin struck out none and walked two batters in the effort.

Tuck lead her team in the first game, going 3-for-3 from the plate, with two RBIs, while Smith finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs. Herring had a solid 2-for-4 effort with one RBI for her team, while Higgins also went 2-for-4 in the game. The Owls earned 10 hits on 34 at bats.

In the second game of the day, UMPI dropped the 6-1 decision to the Mariners. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Mariners exploded for six runs on six hits to take the 6-0danielle_humphrey-444 lead in the game.

The Owls answered in the top of the sixth inning with one run. Smith lined out to centerfield for the first out of the inning. Then Lainey Herring doubled and advanced to third on  a passed ball. Senior captain and catcher,Danielle Humphrey (New Gloucester, ME), earned an RBI single, plating Herring to score the Owls lone run of the contest.Megan Korhonen (Littleton, ME)followed up with another double, but was left on base as the Owls were the forced out of the inning.

The game remained at 6-1 through seven innings as the Mariners earned the split on the day.

The Owls were lead at the plate by D. Humphrey, who went 3-for-3 in the game, with the teams only RBI; Danielle singled twice and double in the effort, and continues her solid defense from behind the plate.  Korhonen also earned a hit on the day, finishing 1-for-3, while Herring went 1-for-3; both players doubled.

Owl hurler, Emily Moore (Lisbon, ME), picked up the loss in a complete game pitched; she allowed six runs on 10 hits, while striking out three and walking none.

The Owls return to action on Friday, April 1st, as they return to Mahaney Dome on the campus of the University of Maine to face Husson in a double-header matchup. The first game begins at 3:00 pm.