AKRON, OH – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Softball team (26-15) ended its season on Tuesday with a thrilling extra inning victory over Penn College (17-20). The 4-3 victory ensured the Owls a ninth place finish in the USCAA National Tournament.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second. Samantha Hill (SR, Montgomery, PA) singled to drive in a run, but the Owls defense minimized the damage by stranding two runners on.
Penn College would cling to the 1-0 lead until the sixth inning. Senior Katie Patenaude (Presque Isle, ME) would single to lead off the inning and move to second on a groundout. She would score the tying run on a two out defensive miscue by the Wildcats. Neither team would be able to plate a run in the seventh, forcing extra innings.
In extra innings teams start each inning with a runner on second. Penn College took advantage of that when Taylor Krow (FR, Mechanicsburg, PA) singled to lead off the inning and drive in a run. After stealing second, and advancing to third on an error, Krow scored what looked to be a crushing insurance run when Kelsey Gantz (FR, South Williamsport, PA) singled to drive her in.
Down 3-1, Sara Packard (SO, St. Albans, ME) singled to lead off the inning. The Wildcats looked to be in charge of the game when they made a great relay from left field to throw out the Owls baserunner for the first out of the inning. UMPI showed their resiliency, and Nicole Marucci followed up with a single. An error in the Penn College outfield allowed Packard to score and the tying run to move to second. Senior Amanda Allen (Limestone, ME) would drive in Marucci with a ground ball to second, and the Owls would force a ninth inning.
Penn College would go in order in the top half of the frame, and the Owls needed to score just the one run. With the runner on second, Hannah Williams (FR, Park Falls, NS) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to third. Dalynn Jacobs (FR, Riverside, RI) would then lift a fly ball to left field that was deep enough to allow Jordi Legassie (FR, Presque Isle, ME) to score on the sacrifice fly.
The Owls end their season with a 26-15 record.