Brooklyn, NY -- St. Joseph's College of Brooklyn swept a doubleheader from the Owls Sunday afternoon, including a heart breaking, walk-off 6-5 victory in game one and a 9-3 win in game two.
GAME ONE: St. Joseph's 6 UMPI 5
The Owls came out of the gates smacking the ball all over the field, collecting five hits and doubles from Katie Patenaude, Sara Packard and Jessica Campbell to take a 5-1 lead that would hold until the late innings.
Freshman mound ace Packard was effectively wild early in the game, cruising along with the 5-1 lead until the bottom of the 6th when she allowed three consecutive doubles to start the 6th inning that would plate two runs for the Bears. Senior catcher Dani Smith would help stop the momentum of the Bears by gunning down a pinch runner at 3rd base to get out one. Packard would throw quality pitches down in the zone to secure the final two outs via the ground ball and end the rally while the Owls still held the lead 5-3.
Smith would single in the top half of the seventh and the Owls would put runners on with a walk to Packard, but could get nowhere with a pair of fielders choices and a fly out to end the 7th inning for the Owls.
In the bottom of the 7th, Packard would give up a game tying double to DH Jackie Perillo after a walk to the leadoff hitter and a single up the middle. With the game tied at 5-5, Bears centerfielder Sam Rossi walked and Packard came back to get the next hitter on a pop up to get out one in the inning.
With Perillo-the winning run, on second and Rossi on first and one out, Packard faced freshman reserve outfielder Destiny Marino. Marino would sink a single into right to score Perillo and end game one in dramatic fashion, as the Bears walked-off with a 6-5, come from behind win.
GAME TWO: St. Joseph's 9 UMPI 3
The Owls struck first, capitalizing on a double into the left center gap from Packard and an RBI single from third basemen Nicole Marucci in the second, but the Owls could not hold down the Bears who were still riding the high from the walk-off win in game one.
Packard would give up four runs in the bottom of the second to give the Bears a 4-1 lead.
Whitney Donovan would take over in the circle for the Owls and allow 10 hits and 5 earned runs in her 5 innings of work.
Amanda Allen and Patenaude would add RBI singles for the Owls.
On the day, Smith and Campbell would collect 3 hits each, While Packard went 2-for-6 with 3 runs and 2 RBI, and Donovan and Patenaude each had 2 hits and an RBI.
The Owls will next travel to Southern Virginia for a Doubleheader starting at 3pm on Monday. All of the action can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SouthernVirginia