PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Softball team (19-9) went 6-0 over the weekend. Doubleheader sweeps over Lyndon State (0-12), New Rochelle (10-8), and Fisher have pushed the Owls record to one win away from 20 with four games left in the regular season.
UMPI 15, LSC 1
The Owls' offense started the weekend off with a bang, pounding out 14 hits and plating 15 runs to down the Hornets in the Saturday afternoon contest.
Jackie Peers (FR, Limestone, ME) would collect three hits, Ariel Williams (FR, Frisco, TX) would hit two homeruns, and Sara Packard (JR, St. Albans, ME) would drive in five runs and hit a homerun of her own.
The Owls would pull away in the third, up just 2-1 at that point. After a leadoff single, Packard would double, Nicole Marucci (JR, Naples, ME) would triple, and Williams would hit her second homerun of the game to center. Packard's grand slam in the fourth would put the game away and allow UMPI to cruise to victory.
Packard would strike out nine, give up three hits, and no walks in five innings of work. The one run she surrendered was unearned.
UMPI 8, LSC 0
Packard would complete the day with a two-hit shutout in which she would walk just two and strikeout three hitters.
The Owls continued to stay hot offensively, collecting 11 hits and five walks. Williams, Emma Gogan (FR, Truro, NS), Peers, and Delanie Strout (FR, Greene, ME) would all record two-hit games, while Brianna Losee (JR, Pittsfield, ME) would be credited with two RBI. UMPI's offense was able to put pressure on their opponents by stealing six bases as well.
UMPI 6, NRC 1
A four-run second inning would lift the Owls over the Blue Angels.
After UMPI's defense would work out of a two-on, one-out situation in the first inning, the Owls would respond with runners on first and third with one out in the second. Losee would single to plate the first run, and Marucci would follow that with a three-run homerun to extend the lead.
New Rochelle would miss an opportunity in the bottom of the second, as they would load the bases, but fail to score a run. Their lone run came in the third when Victoria Holmes (FR, Franklin, VA) would lead off the inning by launching a solo homerun.
UMPI would add insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Jordi Legassie (SO, Presque Isle, ME) would go three for four with an RBI. Marucci would also collect three hits, scoring twice, and driving in three runs. Packard would add two hits and two runs to the cause, while also proving effective from the rubber. She would strike out eight and walk just three in seven innings of work.
UMPI 8, NRC 3
The Owls would need a late rally to finally take control of the nightcap and sweep the Blue Angels on Sunday.
With UMPI up by a score of 2-1, Ashley Dodde (FR, McBain, MI) would give New Rochelle a lead by driving in two runs with a single. The Owls would respond in the top of the fifth. After leadoff singles from Williams and Legassie, Gogan would double to reclaim the lead for the Owls. Ayana Walker (FR, Columbus, GA) would extend that lead with a two-run homerun a batter later and UMPI would have a 6-3 lead.
The Blue Angels would strand single runners in the fifth and sixth innings, while the Owls would add insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to secure the victory.
Williams would collect three hits on five at bats and score a run. Gogan would drive in three runs in her two for four effort, while Legassie and Walker would also finish two for four. Packard would strike out six in seven innings of work.
UMPI 7, FC 6
The Owls would have to fight from behind twice to take a close 7-6 game with the Falcons.
Fisher would jump out to a lead in the first, plating three runs on four hits, including doubles by Kristina Brown (SR, Dixon, CA) and Luz Evangelista (SO, Lawrence, MA). Brown would drive in another run in the second, and the Owls would find themselves in a four-run hole.
With two-on and no one out, UMPI would cut into that lead with a double by Legassie that would drive in two. She would later score on a wild pitch, while Packard would drive in a fourth run to tie the game. The Falcons would respond in the top of the third, and a defensive error would help them take the lead back by plating a run in the third.
Fisher would remain in control until the sixth. Strout would single to lead off the inning, and then the Falcons would commit two errors that would allow the Owls to tie the game. After Legassie would lay down a successful bunt to give UMPI the lead, another defensive miscue would plate the seventh run of the game for UMPI.
The Falcons would put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Leadoff singles would set up Rebecca Collison (JR, Saginaw, MI) for an RBI single and put the tying run in scoring position. Packard would finish the game strong from that point. A fly out, infield pop out, and a strike out would end the game, giving the Owls the victory.
Legassie would drive in three runs in the game. Peers and Strout would both record two-hit efforts. Packard struck out eight while earning the win.
UMPI 10, FC 2
A late offensive burst would push the Owls past Fisher in the series finale.
Gogan would help UMPI push across a run in the first with an RBI single, but neither team would threaten again until the fourth. With two outs in the top of that inning, Marucci would single down the right field line, plating Packard from second. Williams would follow that up with a double and an RBI, and UMPI would hold a three-run lead.
After Fisher scored one in the bottom of the fourth, the Owls would send eight batters to the plate and score four runs in the top of the fifth. Strout and Williams would each drive in two runs with singles. Packard would drive in two more in the sixth, while Legassie would single to bring home another insurance run in the seventh.
The Owls, who are ranked 10th in the latest USCAA poll, will host a rematch with Fisher College. The four game series will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 29th and 30th. Those games will be played at Presque Isle High School and are scheduled to start at noon on both days.