(LYNN, MA) -- The University of Maine-Presque Isle softball team won a wild opening game to begin their doubleheader at Fisher (MA) College on Sunday, 14-13. The Owls could not notch their 2nd twinbill sweep of the season however as the Falcons came back to take the late game, 11-3 (5 innings).
Presque Isle finishes a brutal 17 games in 11 days stretch going 3-14 to start the season. Fisher is now 2-17.
UMPI finally gets to head home for a few days before traveling to UMaine-Farmington on Friday, April 12th, for a pair of games against the Beavers. First pitches for the games will be at 3pm and 5pm.
Game 1: UMPI 14, Fisher 13
With two outs and nobody on in the top of the 7th, the Owls took advantage of some Falcon fielding miscues to score two insurance runs and increase their lead to 14-10.
Then the Owls hung on for dear life as Fisher plated 3 runs and had the tying run on third with two out before starter Whitney Donovan (So./Ashland, ME) got Andrea Martucci to pop out to second base, preserving the win.
Early in the contest it was Fisher that jumped out to the lead, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the first. Presque Isle chipped away at that deficit until, in the top of the fifth inning and down 6-3, the Owls exploded for 7 runs. They would never trail again in the contest.
Both teams' starters, Donovan for the UMPI and Jayla Vega for Fisher, went the distance. Neither got a lot of help from its defense with over half the runs in the game being unearned. Fisher outhit the Owls, 11-8, but committed 11 errors which contributed to their demise in game one. For Donovan, it was her 2nd win of the season.
Megan Hannigan (Fr./Houlton, ME) reached base four times and scored 3 runs to help the Presque Isle offensive attack. Hannigan, Donovan, and Kathryn Patenaude (Fr./Presque Isle, ME) each finished with 2 hits a piece.
Game 2: Fisher 11, UMPI 3 (5 innings)
Without much gas left in the tank, the Owls fell behind 7-0 after the first two innings and never were able to pose much of a threat to the Falcons in the nightcap.
Fisher outhit the Owls, 9-2.
Kaleigh Gilbert earned the win pitching 5 innings and only giving up 1 earned run. Amanda Allen ((Fr./Limestone, ME) took the loss, pitching 4 innings, giving up 11 runs (7 earned) on 9 hits.