BUENA VISTA, VA – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Softball team (4-4) dropped a doubleheader to the Southern Virginia Knights (9-13) by scores of 5-4 and 2-1.
Game 1 – SVC 5, UMPI 4
The Owls were turned away in the seventh with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position. Down two, with one out, Emma Gogan (FR, Truro, NS) would single to start the rally. Sara Packard (JR, St. Albans, ME) would follow that up with a single of her own. With two outs, Ayana Walker (FR, Columbus, GA) ripped a single to right to drive in a run, and advanced to second to put herself in scoring position. The Knights' Megan Stapley (FR, Alpine, UT) would work out of the jam, getting a fly ball to center to end the game and seal the victory.
SVC would take an early lead in the game, with two-outs a single would drive in a run, but an error would extend the inning and allow another run to score. The Owls would respond in the top of the third when Packard would rip a two-run homerun to left center to tie the game. An Ariel Williams (FR, Frisco, TX) double in the fourth would drive in a run and put the Owls up for the first time in the game.
That lead would be short-lived as an infield single and an error would start the Knight half of the fourth inning off. With one out, Heather Terranova (FR, Whittier, CA) would rip a single to tie the game, and a sacrifice fly would give SVC the lead. Megan Harmon (FR, Buena Vista, VA) would double to right center, driving in Terranova, and giving the Knights a much-needed insurance run. Southern Virginia would only get one more baserunner in the game on an error.
Gogan would finish two for three with a run scored. Packard would also collect two hits, including the two-run homerun. Jackie Peers (FR, Limestone, ME) would go two for four in the game.
Packard took the loss, despite just two of the five runs being earned. Stapley would strike out six in the win.
Game 2 – SVC 2, UMPI 1
For the second consecutive game the Owls would leave the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position after mounting a late rally. In game two UMPI entered the last inning down 2-0 when Walker led off the inning with a base hit. After a sacrifice moved the pinch runner into scoring position, Williams would reach on an infield base hit. A defensive miscue on a ground ball would score the lone run for the Owls in the game. SVC would get an out on the ensuing play, forcing the runner at third. Packard would step to the plate looking for her fourth hit of the doubleheader, but have the bat taken out of her hands by catcher's interference, loading the bases with two outs. The Knights game two starter Harmon would escape the game by getting a fly ball to right to end the Owls' threat.
It would be an Owl defensive miscue that would allow the Knights to get their first scoring threat together in the second inning. After a sacrifice and a stolen base, the run would score on a wild pitch, putting SVC up by one. SVC would pair a couple of hits in the third to add to their lead, as Harmon would single in a run with no one out.
Williams would go two for four in the game for the Owls. Delanie Strout (FR, Greene, ME) would end the game two for three. Packard would strike out six and allow just one earned run in the loss. Harmon would strike out eight for SVC.
The Owls travel to Staunton, VA to take on Mary Baldwin (5-17) on Thursday. That doubleheader is scheduled for 3 PM.