Owls Stop Skid, Split with Pine Manor

Owls Stop Skid, Split with Pine Manor
CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- The University of Maine at Presque Isle (11-7) Softball team snapped a five game losing streak when it split with the Gators of Pine Manor College (4-2) in their doubleheader match-up.  The Gators won the first game 2-1 and the Owls came out on top in the second, 7-0.

Game 1 - Pine Minor def. UMPI - 2-1
The Owls jumped on top of the Gators in the first inning when freshman Hannah Williams (Park  Falls, NS) led off with a double and was later batted in by a Katie Patenaude (Sr., Presque Isle, ME) single. Sophomore Sara Packard (St. Albans, ME) followed up Patenaude with a single of her own, but the two would be left stranded. The Owls would not cross home plate again for the remainder of the game.

Despite collecting eight hits, UMPI could not string them together for the duration of the contest. Williams had the lone single for the Owls in the third inning, but was unable to advance from first base. Freshmen Dalynn Jacobs (Riverside, RI) and Mikayla Churchill (Washburn, ME) each had base hits in the fourth inning, but were left stranded on second and third. Williams again came through for the blue and gold in the fifth inning with a double, but she was left stranded on third base. Jacobs had another single, and the last base hit for the Owls, in the sixth inning but again was left stranded. The Owls consistently put the ball in play; only striking out three times, but were simply unable to find the gaps. 

As it would turn out, two of the three hits Pine Manor had in the game combined with an error in the fifth inning would result in the two runs the Gators would score on the day; but it would be enough to grab the win from the Owls 2-1.

Packard pitched all seven innings for UMPI, tallying seven strikeouts, allowing just three hits, and one earned run.
Game 2 - UMPI def. Pine Manor - 7-0
The Owls scored their first runs in the game in the top of the second inning Packard reached first on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jacobs singled and stole second base, leaving runners on second and third for Churchill who hit an RBI single. Both Jacobs and Churchill would later be brought in on sacrifice bunts by senior Amanda Allen (Limestone, ME) and freshman Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, ME) giving UMPI their three runs for the inning.

The Owls struck again in the third inning when Williams hit a single, stole second, and was later brought in on a single by sophomore Carly Bell (Presque Isle, ME). Packard also register a single for the Owls in the second, but was left stranded on third base.

It was Legassie who would cross the plate for the Owls in the fourth inning as she hit a single, was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by senior Jess Campbell (Lisbon, ME), and was hit in on a Williams RBI single. Legassie's run brought the Owls' lead to 5-0.

Packard and Allen would both bang out hits for the Owls in the fifth and sixth innings respectively, but UMPI wasn't able to score again until the top of the seventh inning. Patenaude reached first base on a single, and pinch runner sophomore Nicole Marucci (Naples, ME) crossed home plate on a Packard single. Packard then advanced to home on a fly-out to left field by Jacobs. These final runs brought the UMPI lead to seven; where it would stay as the final score was 7-0.

Packard pitched the first three innings for the Owls allowing just four hits and registering two strikeouts before being relieved by Williams who allows one hit and registered three strikeouts in her four innings of work.