MILFORD, NH—The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Softball team (3-1) finished their first weekend of regular season play by grabbing two wins from the Eagles of Daniel Webster College (0-2) on Sunday in the Hampshire Dome. The Owls' solid defense and explosive bats enabled them to end both games in five innings winning the first contest 13-0 and the second 10-1.
Game 1 – UMPI def. Daniel Webster 13-0
In the first game, UMPI came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, scoring the first seven batters in the line-up. The Owls were selective at the plate and capitalized on defensive miscues by the Eagles to successfully move runners into scoring positions. Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) drove in Hannah Williams (FR, Park Falls, NS) with a double to left-center, giving UMPI its first run of the game. Later in the inning, Williams would again come up big for the Owls, and tallied a single to drive in the blue and gold's seventh run of the inning.
The Owls continued to put the ball in play but would not score again until the third inning when two walks would bring in Patenaude and Williams. The defensive woes would continue for the Eagles into the 4th inning when UMPI's additional four runs would reach first base on walks, allowing the Owls to move runners around the bases. Dinah Bilodeau (FR, Knox, ME) drove in a run with a screaming shot to left-center, only to be held up as a ground -rule double due to hitting the far, end-wall netting.
Scrappy defense by the Owls and clutch pitching by Sara Packard (SO, St. Albans, ME) blanked the Eagles and allowed just five Daniel Webster players to successfully reach first base the entire game. Packard retired nine batters and allowed just three hits in the five innings.
Game 2 – UMPI def. Daniel Webster 10-1
The second game saw more of the same offensively for UMPI as six of their first seven batters touched home plate in the first inning of play. Dalynn Jacobs (FR, Riverside, RI) also gained an RBI in the second inning as she successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt scoring Packard from 3rd giving UMPI its lone run of the inning.
The Eagles connected offensively in the 2nd inning on an UMPI error and scored their only run on the day when Taylor Dill (FR, Bellingham, MA) crossed the plate before UMPI short-stop Jacobs was able to apply the tag to an Eagle attempting to advance to 3rd to end the inning.
UMPI had one more offensive spurt as Amanda Allen (SR, Limestone, ME), Williams, and Jordi Legassie (FR, Presque Isle, ME) all scored in the 5th inning. Hannah Craig (FR, Ellsworth, ME) picked up an RBI on a sacrifice bunt; Legassie, Packard, and Patenaude all ripped singles in the inning; and Williams picked up her 2nd long-bomb double of the game to close out the contest.
Packard picked up the win for the Owls with another solid performance, allowing just two hits and striking out five.
"It's a great feeling for all involved when you can open your season winning 3 out of 4 games. You can't ask for much better than that. The girls stayed focused, remained poised, and went out and played the way we know they can. It was a good weekend," said UMPI Head Coach Sara Shaw.