BUENA VISTA, VA – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (10-4) continued their spring break trip with a doubleheader against the Southern Virginia Knights (5-17). The Owls would drop both games, losing the first 5-1, then dropping the nightcap 8-3.
Game 1 – SVC def. UMPI – 5-1
The Knights would take the lead in the third with some aggressive base running as they would score two on a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Sara Packard (St. Albans, ME) would answer back in the fourth with a solo homerun to left center to put the Owls on the board, but UMPI would leave the bases loaded, ending their biggest threat of the day.
In all the Owls would strand eight runners in the game, and were not able to plate another run. Southern Virginia pitcher Madisen Muse (FR, Alpine, UT) was able to scatter five hits and two walks while striking out eight for the win. Rachel Moore (FR, Medford, OR) would lead the Knights, going three for four in the game with two runs scored.
Game 2 – SVC def. UMPI – 8-3
The Owls would open the second game on the attack as Hannah Williams (FR, Park Falls, NS) would lead off the game with an infield single. She would score on a wild pitch, but the Owls would leave the bases loaded, as the Knights would avoid giving up the big inning.
Carly Bell (SO, Presque Isle, ME) would lead off the third inning with a hit and Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) would draw a walk, once again putting pressure on the Southern Virginia defense. Three wild pitches would bring both Owl baserunners around to score, putting UMPI up 3-0.
From that point on Moore, the Knight's starting pitcher, would settle in and only allowing one more baserunner for the rest of the game. SVA would take advantage of some UMPI miscues as the bottom of the sixth would start with three errors by the Owls. The Knights would turn it into a big inning, collecting five hits and scoring seven runs to take the lead. The Owls would go in order in the seventh and drop the nightcap 8-3.
The Owls will be in action next when they face Mary Baldwin in a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 PM.