Chestnut Hill, MA -- The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Softball team (5-1) traveled to Massachusetts on Saturday to take on the Wildcats of Wheelock College (0-6) for their second weekend of regular season play. Both teams battled brisk temperatures throughout the doubleheader, but the Owls prevailed in both contests, 14-4 and 18-0 to close out the day.
Game 1 - UMPI def. Wheelock 14-4 (5 innings)
In the first contest, the Owls jumped out on top early in the first inning when sophomore Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, ME) reached first base on a bunt single, stole second base, was moved over to third by senior Katie Patenaude (Presque Isle, ME) and then was driven in on a single by sophomore Sara Packard (St. Albans, ME). Aggressive base running would end the inning for UMPI when Packard was thrown out at second base on the same play just after Legassie crossed home plate.
Wheelock's first three batters were retired as sophomores Emma Spencer (Thomaston, ME) and Samantha Leahon (Castleton, NY) both struck out. UMPI's Hannah Williams (SO, Park Falls, NS) retired the side on a ground ball to second by sophomore Lacey Allen (Gloucester, MA).
In the second inning, the Owls once again tallied a run. This time it was freshman Dalynn Jacobs (Riverside, RI) who would put one up for the Owls after she singled up the middle. Freshman Mikayla Churchill (Washburn, ME) would lay down the sacrifice bunt to move her over to second base, and senior Amanda Allen (Limestone, ME) drove her in on a single to centerfield.
The Wildcats battled back in the bottom of the second, scoring two unearned runs off Owls' defensive miscues. But UMPI would finish out the inning strong with little damage done.
UMPI chipped away again in the top of the third, and retook the lead when Jordi Legassie tripled to center and was later driven in by a Packard over-the-fence homerun to left-center.
Wheelock battled back in the third and fourth innings, scoring two more runs to bring their final tally to four, but it would be a monster 4th inning that would ultimately secure the win for UMPI as nine Owls would cross home plate. Patenaude had a solid showing for the blue and gold with a three-RBI double, Allen also drove in a run with a triple to center-field, and freshman Dinah Bilodeau (Knox, ME) racked up three RBIs for the Owls on a single and a one-hop, over-the-fence double in the same inning.
Packard would also score one more run for the Owls in the top of the 5th inning with another over-the-fence bomb to left-field. The sophomore recorded the win for the Owls in the circle, striking out three batters and walking none.
Game 2 -- UMPI def. Wheelock 18-0 (5 innings)
In the second contest, both teams would trade outs until the the top of the third inning when the Owls took advantage of defensive miscues and four hits, scoring eight runs. Sophomore Nicole Marucci (Naples, ME), Williams, and Legassie all hit singles on the inning, driving in two runs. Packard also doubled, driving in a run.
Packard retired three Wildcats in the bottom of the third inning, closing out her last inning in the circle before being relieved by Williams who closed out the remaining two innings for the Owls, allowing zero runs to cross the plate.
Patenaude led the UMPI offense in the top of the fourth inning with a double to right field. Jacobs, Allen, Bilodeau, and Marucci all singled on the inning; combining for two RBIs as the Owls tacked on four more runs, leading the Wildcats 12-0.
The Owls would have one last surge in the top of the fifth inning to close out the second contest. Allen and Bilodeau each had a hit for UMPI.
Packard struck out four in her three innings on the mound and allowed just three hits. Williams closed out the game for UMPI, allowing just one hit in her two innings.