PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (25-13) hosted the Husson Eagles (14-23) in softball action on Saturday. The Eagles would win the first game 3-0 before running away with the second one by a score of 12-2.
Game 1 – Husson def. UMPI – 3-0
Sami Cyr (SR, Hermon, ME) would belt a two-run home run to center to get the lead in the top of the first for the Eagles. The Owls would put together a threat in the bottom of the first, but were unable to answer as Husson's starting pitcher Alannah Healy (JR, Brockton, MA) would slam the door and leave the bases loaded.
Healy would prove to be a tough nut to crack as she would only allow five more baserunners throughout the rest of the game, all hits by the Owls. UMPI's biggest threat would be back-to-back singles with one out in the sixth, but Sara Packard (SO, St. Albans, ME) and Dalynn Jacobs (FR, Riverside, RI) would be stranded on base.
Cyr would add a solo homerun to lead off the Husson fourth.
Healy would go the distance, giving up seven hits and striking out seven, while walking one. Packard would get tagged with the loss, allowing just three hits and two earned runs, while striking out six and walking no one.
Hannah Williams (FR, Park Falls, NS) led the Owls offense, going three for four with a double. Packard would collect two hits in the first game.
Game 2 – Husson def. UMPI – 12-2 (6 Inn.)
A one-out error would get things going for the Eagles in the top of the first as that run would come around to score on a sacrifice fly. Packard would leave the bases loaded to minimize the damage, but Husson once again would have a lead they would not surrender.
Mallory Conray (JR, Warren, ME) would triple to lead off the third and score on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead. Another defensive miscue allowed the Eagles to take a 3-0 lead in the inning. This time the Owls would answer back. With two outs in the bottom half, Katie Patenaude (SR, Presque Isle, ME) would rip a double. Packard would come up and knock a ball out of the park for a two-run home run, cutting the lead to just one run.
That was the last of the offensive threats for the Owls, and Husson's bats would come alive. Lyndsay Merrill (SR, Bethel, ME) would hit a two-run home run in the fourth and Aimee Ball (FR, Wakefield, NH) would cap off the Eagle's scoring in the sixth with a three-run blast. Husson would cruise to a 12-2 victory.
Jacobs was two for two for the Owls in game two.
The doubleheader wrapped up regular season play for the Owls. They are currently ranked 4th in the USCAA National Poll and await the May 5th selection show to determine their postseason fate.