BUZZARDS BAY, MA – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (6-2) were not able to score a run in a 2-0 loss to the Mass Maritime Buccaneers (1-3) in game one of today's doubleheader. The Owls would come back and get the nightcap by a score of 8-4 to get earn a split in softball action on Sunday.
Game 1 – Mass Maritime def. UMPI – 2-0
Carli Thomas (SO, Brewster, MA) struck out 14 and gave up just one hit and walked three to shutout the Owls in game one.
Kaylene Murphy's (SO, Randolph, MA) RBI double in the third inning would give the Buccaneers the lead, and an insurance run on a wild pitch in the fourth would be all the home team needed behind Thomas who earned her first win of the season.
Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) would have the Owls' only hit, a double in the sixth with one out, but UMPI would not be able to mount any comeback, as she would be stranded on second.
Owls' starter Sara Packard (SO, St. Albans, ME) took the tough-luck loss, as she would pitch six innings and give up two hits, two walks, and one earned run while striking out seven.
Game 2 – UMPI def. Mass Maritime – 8-4
The Owls would get on Thomas right off the bat in the second game, as Patenaude would come through with an RBI single to give the Owls their first lead of the day. Mass Maritime would answer back when freshman Rachel Gardner (Carver, MA) would drive home two runs with a single to right field.
Thomas would start to lose control in the third, and the Owls would take advantage of five walks and a base hit to plate two runs and regain the lead. Gardner would help her team tie it up in the bottom half, as she led off with a single and the Buccaneers manufactured a run by bringing her around the bases in the next two outs.
After taking the lead in the fifth, the Owls would stretch it in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs in the inning. UMPI once again took advantage of some control issues from Mass Maritime's pitching staff, walking three times and being hit by one pitch. The inning was highlighted by a two RBI single to left by Patenaude.
The Buccaneers would score a run in the bottom of the seventh, but their comeback attempt was stopped short, and the Owls would hold on for a 8-4 win.
Packard would walk five, give up four runs, and strike out four to get the win. Thomas struck out seven, but gave up 16 walks and five hits in the loss.
Patenaude would finish three for five with three RBI in the game.
The Owls return to action on Saturday when they play St. Joe's Brooklyn at noon. They will continue their spring break trip to Virginia from there.