April 7, 2012

Two Teams in One Day Lead to Perfect Afternoon for Owls' Softball

(LYNN, MA) --  Catcher Desiree Smith (Sr./Thomaston, ME) went 5-7 with 4 stolen bases from the lead-off spot in two games on Saturday to help the University of Maine-Presque Isle softball team defeat Fisher College, 12-0, and Vermont Technical College, 6-4, in Massachusetts.  The two-team "sweep" helped UMPI win their 3rd straight and improve to 4-15 on the season.  Fisher falls to 0-27.  Vermont Tech, who picked up their first win earlier in the day with a 9-5 decision over Fisher, dipped to 1-6 after the loss to the Owls.  The three teams will square off again on Sunday with UMPI taking on VTC at 12:00pm and the Falcons at 2pm.

 

Game #1:  UMPI 12, Fisher 0  (5 innings)
The Owls scored 4 runs in the first two innings en route to blanking the Falcons.  Smith knocked 3 base hits in 3 at bats and scored 3 times.  The senior led off and reached base the first three innings of the game, coming around to score each time.

Kathleen Higgins (Sr./Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) also was a perfect 3-3 with the bat with a double and an RBI.  Teammate Lainey Herring (Jr./Houlton, ME) also had a great day at the plate finishing 2-3 with 3 runs.

Krista Coffin (So./Presque Isle, ME) won her second straight outing tossing a complete game shutout allowing 3 hits and walking only 1 while striking out 5.


Game #2:  UMPI 6, Vermont Tech 4
After scoring 4 runs in the first inning against Fisher, the Owls once again started hot plating 5 runs.  Once again it was Smith getting the merry-go-round started for UMPI leading off with a double off Knights' starter Abby Fusco.  Smith quickly swiped 3rd base and scored on a Kellie Peers (Jr./Caswell, ME) single up the middle.  Herring followed with an RBI triple scoring Peers.  Before the Knights were able to record their first out, UMPI added one more when Carolynn Tuck (Sr./Brewer, ME) belted a single that scored Herring.

Courtney Bishop (Fr./Saco, ME) followed teammate Coffin's effort on the rubber, also notching her second victory of the season.  Bishop set down the first 11 batters she faced in the game before running into some trouble in the 4th.  With 2 outs in the frame, Bishop gave up 4 straight hits leading to 2 VTC runs.

The Knights scored two more runs in the 6th inning to make things uncomfortable for the Owls.  However Bishop put any thoughts of a comeback to bed by not allowing a ball out of the infield in the 7th in slamming the door on the Knights and securing the 6-4 win.

Bishop gave up 8 hits, 4 runs (all earned), walked none, and struck out 4, to earn the complete game win.