Posted: Mar 28, 2016
New Rochelle, NY -- The University of Maine at Presque Isle (10-2) and the College of New Rochelle (0-2) went head-to-head in softball action on Monday in New York. The Owls' took both games in five innings; 18-1 and 23-1 respectively.
Game 1 - UMPI def. New Rochelle - 18-1
In the first contest of the evening, the Owls took advantage of walks and base hits to jump out to an early start scoring 13 runs in the first inning. All batters in the line-up crossed home plate at least one time during the inning. Senior Katie Patenaude (Presque Isle, ME) had two base hits while freshman Hannah Williams (Park Falls, NS) and senior Amanda Allen (Limestone, ME) had one a-piece to jumpstart UMPI's offense in the first inning of play.
A pitching change for the Blue Angels brought in freshman Victoria Rivera (Bronx, NY). A combination of an effectively quick fastball and a knee-buckling change-up slowed the offense for UMPI slightly as they would spread out five more runs for the remainder of the contest.
In the top of the second inning, sophomore Nicole Marucci (Naples, ME) hit a deep triple into the outfield and was later driven in by sophomore Carly Bell (Presque Isle, ME). In the top of the third inning, sophomore Sara Packard (St. Albans, ME) led the offense with a rocketed home-run. Freshman Dalynn Jacobs (Riverside, RI) followed Packard up with a single and was later driven in by freshman Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, ME). Marucci would get another single in the third, but would be left stranded.
In the top of the fourth inning, Patenaude singled for the Owls and Packard picked up the RBI on a sacrifice fly as Patenaude scored for UMPI. Jacobs singled once again for the blue and gold, but a fly-out to the outfield for freshman Mikayla Churchill (Washburn, ME) ended the inning.
The final offensive burst in the top of the fifth inning tallied one more run for UMPI to bring the total to 18. Marucci once again reached first base on a single and it was Williams who picked up the RBI when Marucci crossed homeplate.
Overpowering pitching by both Packard and Williams would prove too much for the Blue Angels through the first four innings as their lone run came in the bottom of the 4th when freshman Nia Garcia (Brooklyn, NY) singled and then was driven in by sophomore Kevana Jackson (Yonkers, NY). Packard pitched through the first two innings and Williams took over the mound for the remainder of the contest, allowing just one hit. The two combined for eight strikeouts.
Game 2 - UMPI def. New Rochelle - 23-1
In the second contest, the Owls would once again face Rivera. Williams sparked the offense with a triple and was driven in by Bell. Patenaude then followed that up with a home run, scoring UMPI's second run of the inning. Jacobs would also single on the inning.
Garcia would strike back for the Blue Angels driving a deep home-run ball into center field in the bottom of the first. This proved to be the only run of the game for New Rochelle and one of two hits the Packard-Williams pitching duo would give up in their five innings of work.
Despite scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, it was still apparent that UMPI needed to make additional adjustments offensively as Rivera struck out four Owls in the first two innings. Once the blue and gold made the necessary adjustments to catch up with Rivera's speed and effective change-up, the Owls' offense exploded for an additional 21 runs and 20 hits after the first two innings of play.
In the top of the third inning, Williams, Patenaude, and Packard all singled. Jacobs drove in the first run on a single of her own. Patenaude, Packard, and Jacobs would all score; bringing the score to 6-1.
The flood gates opened in the top of the fourth when nearly all players in the UMPI line-up crossed home plate. Packard and Jacobs singled once and combined for four runs. Marucci, Williams, Bell, and Patenaude had multi-hit innings. Marucci, Williams and Bell combined for six singles while Patenaude had both a home run and a single. The four tallied an additional eight runs for the Owls. Churchill chipped in a two-RBI double to the mix, Allen blasted off a RBI single, and Legassie also brought in a run; bringing the run total for the Owls to 14 on the inning.
In the top of the fifth, Williams led the offense with a screaming single and used her speed to round the bases and score on a three-base error by the right fielder. Sophomore Allie Lopez (Kingfield, ME) hit a sharp single down third baseline and was driven in by a Packard double. The Owls would finish off their offensive performance with Packard crossing home plate on a Jacobs single.
As a team, the UMPI offense went 34 for 67 on the day. The Owls' offense is also currently leading the country for NCAA Division III team on-base percentage, of the 403 schools who have reported; boasting a 0.508 on-base percentage.
Solid defense and pitching by the Owls held off the Blue Angels. Packard and Williams only allowed one run and just two hits; both from Garcia. With these two wins, UMPI improves to 10-2 on the season, just one win shy of their total win tally last year.
The Owls will make the late night travel to Pennsylvania, then on to Virginia in the morning where they will later face-off against Southern Virginia University at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both of the contests will be played under the lights and will be live-streamed on the link below.