Owls Sweep Bears

Owls Sweep Bears
BROOKLYN, NY-- The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Softball team (8-2) took on the Bears of St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn (0-6) for a double-header at McGuire Field. The Owls would prevail in both match-ups winning 3-1 and 4-3 respectively.
Game 1 - UMPI def. St. Joe's 3-1
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings of play until UMPI registered the first run of the game as freshman Hannah Williams (Park Falls, NS) reached first after being hit by a pitch, was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Carly Bell (Presque Isle, ME), and crossed the plate after freshman Dalynn Jacobs (Riverside, RI) hit a double.
Stellar defense by the Owls, including a diving play in the outfield by freshman Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, ME), would hold the Bears scoreless through the fourth inning.  The UMPI bats came through again in the top of the 5th inning as senior Amanda Allen (Limestone, ME) singled and then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Legassie. Sophomore Nicole Marucci (Naples, ME) hit in Allen for the lone run of the inning. Williams also hit a single on the inning, but both Marucci and Williams were left stranded on a long fly-out to center-field by Bell.
St. Joe's fired back in the bottom of the 5th inning, scoring their only run of the game when junior Samantha Rossi (Bayside, NY) crossed the plate. Rossi led the Bears' offense going two for three in the game.
The Owls would put one more on the board in the top of the 6th when Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) singled and was later hit in on a single by Allen.  Allen led the UMPI offense going two for three. The Owls combined for six hits on the game.
Sophomore pitcher Sara Packard (St. Albans, ME) struck out nine batters, walked one, and allowed just five hits in the first outing.
Game 2 - UMPI def. St. Joe's 4-3
In the second contest, UMPI again came out swinging and recorded the first run of the game for either team. Williams reached first on a walk, was moved over on a bunt by Bell, and was hit in on a single by Packard. 
The Bears would not return a blow until the bottom of the third inning when they exploded for three runs. The Bears took a page out of UMPI's book when Senior Erica Eddy (Glendale, NY) and sophmore Megan Finnerty (Whitestone, NY) singled, were moved over on a sacrifice bunt by junior Samantha Simon (Brooklyn, NY) and got hit in on a home run by Rossi; scoring three runs for the Bears.
The Owls struck back in the top of the 5th tying the game 3-3 when Marucci reached first on a screaming line-drive hit. She was then moved over on a double by Bell. Packard came up big for UMPI bringing in both Marucci and Bell on a two-out double. 
Solid defense by the Owls held off St. Joe's offense through the bottom of the 6th and brought up the top of the line-up for UMPI to start off the 7th inning. Bell reached first on a single and was hit in on a hard-driven double to center field by Patenaude. That run would be all the Owls needed to secure the game as Packard struck out two batters in the bottom of the 7th and Bell put away the third giving the UMPI Softball team their eighth win of the season.
Packard again pitched a complete game for UMPI, striking out five batters, walking one, and allowing six hits. The Owls had eight hits; Bell went two for three, and both Patenaude and Packard went two for four. Marucci and Jacobs also registered hits for the blue and gold.
UMPI is matched up next against the Blue Angels of the College of New Rochelle on Monday and will play their first game of the double-header at 5:45 p.m.