SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – For the second consecutive weekend, the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (15-7) visited the Southern Maine Community College Seawolves (2-10) and swept them in a doubleheader. The Owls would take the first game 9-4 before cruising to a 17-6 victory in game two.
Game 1 – UMPI def. SMCC – 9-4
The Owls would jump on top in the first when Carly Bell (SO, Presque Isle, ME) would single and Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) would double to set up runners in scoring position. A passed ball and a ground ball would put the Owls ahead 2-0. UMPI would take advantage of an error in the third to extend their lead to three.
The Seawolves would mount their biggest threat in the fifth, taking advantage of an error, two singles, and a double to score two runs, but the Owls defense would collect themselves and strand two runners on, preserving the lead.
Back-to-back hits by Dalynn Jacobs (FR, Riverside, RI) and Mikayla Churchill (FR, Washburn, ME), followed by a one out single by Jordi Legassie (SO, Presque Isle, ME) would help the Owls score two in the sixth. More insurance runs would cross the plate in the seventh, as UMPI hitters would draw three walks to start the inning. RBI singles from Jacobs and Leagassie, along with a sacrifice fly to center from Amanda Allen (SR, Limestone, ME) would help the Owls score four and extend a lead that SMCC could not come back from.
Sara Packard (SO, St. Albans, ME) would get the win, striking out four in the complete game effort.
Churchill would lead the Owls at the plate, going three for four with a run scored and three stolen bases. Patenaude was two for two in the game with a double, Jacobs was two for four with an RBI, and Legassie was two for two with an RBI and a stolen base.
Game 2 – UMPI def. SMCC – 17-6
Hannah Williams (FR, Park Falls, NS) would spark the Owls offense in game two with a single, and would score on Packard's single to get the Owls the lead. The game would remain tight in the early going, as the Owls wouldn't score again until the fourth. Eight UMPI hitters would come to the plate and college two singles, two walks, and take advantage of a defensive error to score two runs in the fourth. The Seawolves would answer back, converting a leadoff double into a in the bottom half, but the Owls would hold a 3-1 lead.
UMPI would bat around in the sixth and seventh innings to put the game away. Seven hits, seven walks, and a defensive error would result in 14 Owls runners crossing the plate. Packard would collect two RBI in the sixth with a double, and Bell, Patenaude, Nicole Marucci (SO, Naples, ME), and Churchill would all hit RBI singles in those two innings.
Packard would get her second win of the day in the circle, giving up just one earned run and striking out three in six innings.
Packard would also lead the Owls at the plate with a three for five effort, including three RBI and a double. Legassie went three for four with a stolen base and two runs scored. Williams, Allen, and Marucci would finish the game with two hits apiece.
The Owls return to the campus of SMCC tomorrow to take on Fisher College in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for noon.