Posted: Apr 15, 2016
BOSTON, MA - The University of Maine at Presque Isle softball team(19-9) traveled to Massachusetts to take on the Falcons of Fisher College (3-21) in softball action to start their six-game schedule for the weekend. The Owls came out on top for the day defeating the Falcons in both contests, 14-5 and 3-2.
Game One - UMPI def. Fisher 14-5
The Owls jumped out to a quick start in the first inning of action as freshman Hannah Williams (Park Falls, NS) singled, was moved over on a Carly Bell (So, Presque Isle, ME) bunt, and was driven in by a Katie Patenaude (Sr, Presque Isle, ME) single. Clean-up hitter Sara Packard (So, St. Albans, ME) and Dalynn Jacobs (Fr, Riverside, RI) were both walked to load the bases for the Owls with only one out. Singles by Mikayla Churchill (Fr, Washburn, ME) and Amanda Allen (Sr, Limestone, ME) brought in Patenaude and Packard. Jacobs was brought in for UMPI's fourth and final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to center field by freshman Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, ME).
The blue and gold would heat up again offensively in the second inning, bringing in five more runs to jump out to a 9-0 lead in just two innings of play. Williams reached first on an error, Patenaude hit a single to move Williams to third. Packard followed up with an RBI single, bringing in Williams and Jacobs came through to bring in Patenaude. Allen hit a single, bringing in Packard, and Legassie hit a single to bring in Jacobs or UMPI's fifth run of the inning. Williams reached first on a single for her second at-bat for the inning, but was left stranded along with Nicole Marucci (So, Naples, ME) and Legassie.
In the third inning, UMPI would again score five runs, to bring the final tally to 14. Patenaude lead the way with a base hit, and was moved over to second when Packard got a base hit of her own. Jacobs reached first on a fielder's choice as Fisher took out Patenaude at third. Churchill put down a sacrifice bunt to move Packard and Jacobs into scoring position at second and third. Allen put the ball in play to bring in Packard, Legassie benefitted from a short stop error, bringing in Jacobs and reaching first safe, Marucci hit a screaming double to bring in both Allen and Legassie, and it was a single by Williams that would bring in Marucci for UMPI's final run of the game.
It took Fisher four innings before registering a run in the contest as they scored one run in the bottom of the fourth inning. They would go on to score four additional runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the damage had already been done and the Owls would go on to end the game in five innings.
Both Packard and Williams shared mound time; Packard pitching the first three innings and Williams finishing out the contest for the final two innings. All of the Falcon runs were unearned.
UMPI had five hitters bat .500 or over in the game: Williams and Patenaude went three for four, Packard and Allen went two for three, and Marucci went one for two. The blue and gold tallied 14 hits out of 30 at bats as a team, just shy of .500.
Game Two - UMPI def. Fisher 3-2
The Owls offense once again jumped out on top in the first inning of play. Williams got the bats going with a double as the lead off batter. Bell once again put down a sacrifice bunt to move Williams to third, and Patenaude came up with a hard-hit double to bring Williams in. Jacobs followed suit, hitting a double of her own to bring in Patenaude for UMPI's second run of the inning. Jacobs was left stranded at second.
The Falcons answered back with a run in the first inning, taking advantage of two deep doubles of their own.
Both teams stranded a runner in the second inning, for the Owls it was Marucci who was left on base after reaching first on a single.
In the third inning, Packard reached first on a two-out walk, and Jacobs came through for the blue and gold with her second RBI double of the game. This brought in UMPI's third and final run of the contest. Struggling to find the gaps, the Owls only had two more runners reach the bases on hits; Packard had a single and Williams came through with her fifth base hit of the day.
Despite a few threats, UMPI was able to close the door on the Falcons for the second time. Williams and Jacobs went two for four and two for three respectively, accounting for four of UMPI's seven hits. Williams lead all Owls as she went five for eight on the day.
Packard picked up the win for UMPI in the circle, striking out six batters and walking one. She also struck out three batters in her three innings of work in the first contest; tallying nine strikeouts on the day.
The Owls return to action tomorrow as they travel to Lyndon State College. The games will begin at noon and 2 p.m. They will then continue to Farmington on Sunday to take on the Beavers to round out their weekend.