Buena Vista, VA -- The Owls swept a doubleheader, winning 4-1 and 6-0 over the Knights of Southern Virginia Monday afternoon.
GAME ONE: UMPI 4 Southern Virginia 1
Presque Isle would tack on 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th. Started by a leadoff walk from senior Dani Smith and some creative small ball from the Owl lineup, Presque Isle loaded the bases with four consecutive balls hit to the Knight infielders, while only securing one out in all of the human pinball the Owls had created.
Carly Bell would provide the big hit in the 4th, with a single that would score Whitney Donovan. Nicole Marucci would also touch home on the Bell hit, as the Knights centerfielder Annie Biggs over threw third base and Marucci was awarded home. Jessica Campbell also scored on a passed ball to give the Owls a 4-0 lead.
Sara Packard gave up 8 hits while earning the complete game win for the Owls in game one. Leading 4-0, Packard was able to squash a potential big 4th inning for the Knights by stopping the Knights momentum after allowing two singles and an RBI double to the middle of the Southern Virginia lineup. Presque Isle would leave two runners on, after Packard used her drop ball to induce two ground ball outs.
Packard cruised the rest of the way, giving up only 2 more to the ladies from Southern Virginia.
GAME TWO: UMPI 6 Southern Virginia 0
The law firm of Brown, Packard and Smith each scored two runs and had hits to lead the Owls to a 6-0 win in game two. Marucci, Campbell and Katie Patenaude also added hits and Patenaude an RBI.
Senior Whitney Donovan picked up her 6th career win for the Owls, giving up only 5 hits in her 5 innings of work, before Sara Packard came in for the two-inning save. Donovan and Packard also added RBI's to the Owl offensive attack.
The Owls will next play at Mary Baldwin Tuesday afternoon. Game one of the doubleheader is slated for a 3:00 PM start.