Posted: Apr 16, 2016
LYNDONVILLE, VT-- The University of Maine at Presque Isle softball team (21-9) returned to action taking on the Hornets of Lyndon State College (2-14) and came out on top in both contests, 5-4 and 8-0.
Game One - UMPI def. Lyndon State - 5-4
The Owls jumped out to an early start in the first contest, tallying the first run of the game when lead-off batter Hannah Williams (Fr., Park Falls, NS) reached first on a base hit and was hit in on a Carly Bell (Fr., Presque Isle, ME) triple.
Dalynn Jacobs (Fr., Riverside, RI) lead off the Owls offense in the second inning, with a double, but solid defense by the Hornets would shut down the threat and Jacobs was left stranded.
Solid defense by UMPI kept the Hornets scoreless through the first two innings, only allowing one base runner.
In the third, Nicole Marucci (So., Naples, ME) lead off with a single. Williams once again reached first, this time taking advantage of a Lyndon State error. She was moved over and Marucci scored on a grounder by Bell. Williams was brought in on an sacrifice fly to centerfield by senior Katie Patenaude (Presque Isle, ME). These runs brought the blue and gold's run total to three heading into the bottom of the third where the Hornets would strike back, scoring tow runs of their own.
Heading into the fourth inning, the Owls were up three to two with Jacobs leading off. Jacobs reached on an error and was later taken out at third on a fielder's choice after freshman Mikayla Churchill (Washburn, ME) walked and senior Amanda Allen (Limestone, ME) put the ball in play, safely making it to first. Freshman Jordi Legassie (Presque Isle, ME) was robbed on a hard hit ball to centerfield, giving the Hornets two outs, but it was Marucci who came through with the two-out heroics, hitting a line-drive double and bringing in both Churchill and Allen, giving UMPI their final two runs of the game, bringing their total to five. Williams would get another base hit but was left stranded to end the inning.
The Hornets made one more attempt to come back in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two more runs, but the Owls defense hung on to secure the win as the Owls jumped 3-0 on the weekend. Sophomore Sara Packard (St. Albans, ME) pitched all seven innings for UMPI, striking out six, walking three, and allowing just two earned runs.
Game Two - UMPI def. Lyndon State - 8-0
Hannah Williams once again came through for the Owls in the first inning of play in the second contest as she took the first pitch of the game over the fence for a line-drive home-run. Patenaude reached first on a walk, Packard had a base hit, but both were left stranded. Marucci would also be left stranded in the second inning after reaching first on a base hit.
The Owls tacked on two more runs in the second inning when Packard hit a two-out double, Jacobs hit a single, Jess Campbell (Sr., Lisbon, ME) walked, and Allen and Legassie brought in two runners on a walk and a base hit respectively.
UMPI was held scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings In the fifth inning, Jacobs hit a single, Campbell walked, and Allen hit a single of her own to load the bases, but the blue and gold could not connect to score another run.
In the sixth inning, Williams once again lead off with a single, Bell followed suit, as well as Packard to load the bases. A single by Jacobs brought both Williams and Bell in and a sacrifice fly by Campbell brought in Packard to give the Owls three more runs bringing their count to six.
Marucci and Williams would both score again for UMPI in the seventh inning to bring the final tally to eight. The Owls offense was once again lead by Williams and Jacobs who went five for nine and four for seven respectively. Marucci also had a solid day going three for six and Packard had a nice showing the second contest, going three for five. The UMPI offense continues to see outstanding hitting throughout the line-up, making them an offensive threat to be reckoned with.
Solid defense and stellar pitching for the Owls blanked the Hornets, giving the blue and gold a shutout win. Packard pitched all seven innings for UMPI again in the second contest. She struck out eight, walked one, and only allowed four hits.
The Owls finish their back-to-back six-game schedule for the weekend at the University of Maine at Farmington. The Owls will take on the Beavers at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday before returning to campus. They'll then hit the road again on Tuesday to play the Terriers of Thomas College, rounding out their stretch of games versus schools in the North Atlantic Conference.