Owls Softball Return From Successful Spring Trip

N. MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina- The University of Maine at Presque Isle softball team concluded their 2011 spring trip to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. with a 1-2 showing on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Owls dropped the first game of the day against Penn State Altoona, 14-6, before splitting a doubleheader against Penn State Beaver, 9-1 (loss) and 6-5 (extra inning). After the three-game day, the Owls improve to 3-6 on the season.

In the first game of the afternoon, the Owls lost a 14-6 decision against the Lady Lions of Penn State Altoona. In UMPI's second game of the day, the first of a double-header against the Nittany Lions of Penn State Berks, the Owls battled to a 9-1 loss. PSB scored in bunches to earn their victory, with six runners scoring in the third inning of play, and then three more in the sixth to end the game with the eight-run rule.

The Owls rallied in the second game to earn their third win of the season in a 6-5 thrilling 8th inning victory.  The comeback from behind win capped off the Owls nine-game week.  Down 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, UMPI staged a late rally scoring three runs to force the extra inning.

Desire Smith (Thomaston, ME) had a great 7th inning at back and drew a walk; Brittany Humphrey (New Gloucester, ME) then came up with a clutch single to put runners at 1st and 3rd, with one out.  Danielle Humphrey (New Gloucester, ME) followed suite and singled to load the bases.  Carolyn Tuck (Brewer, ME), who had an outstanding spring-trip performance for her UMPI team, grounded into a fielder's choice.  Right-handed hurler,Emily Moore (Lisbon, ME) came up with a huge hit, a line drive off the left field fence to help force the game to extra innings.

In the top of the 8th inning, the Lady Owls escaped with a runner on 3rd, with only one out for Penn State Berks, on a great play by third-basemen Smith, who made the play and threw the runner out at the plate.

In the bottom of the 8th, Kathleen Higgins (Cole Harbour, NS) started on second base; sophomore Lainey Herring (Houlton, ME) made a great bunt to move her to 3rd.  ThenKellie Peers (Caswell, ME) came up with the game-winning RBI single to plate Higgins and the winning run to complete the Owl comeback.

"We really came together as a team in that last game," stated Coach Cummings, "and to pull out the dramatic win in your 9th game in four days was extra impressive."

Junior pitcher, E. Moore, earned her second win of the season, going the distance in the game for the Owls in the victory.  Carolyn Tuck was selected to the all tournament team by her teammates. The week saw outstanding pitching performances from both freshmanKrista Coffin (Presque Isle, ME) and Moore. Danni Humphrey was a warrior behind the plate, catching every inning of all nine games.

"It was a very successful trip," commented Head Coach Terry Cummings en route back to Presque Isle, "everyone contributed this week, and I feel that we will be better prepared for Sunrise Conference play as a result of the quality of teams we played during our time here.  Also, being able to head back north with a 3-6 record is a great start to our 2011 season."

The Owls return to the diamond on Saturday, March 19th, in a double-header match-up against the Lady Mariners of Maine Maritime Academy. The game is scheduled to be played in the UMaine Dome on the campus of the University of Maine at Orono. The first game of the afternoon DH is set to begin at 11:00 am.