TOPSHAM, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls Softball team (1-1) kicked off their season with a doubleheader against the Beavers of the University of Maine at Farmington (1-1). The two teams would split the twin bill, with the Owls winning the first one 4-2 before the Beavers would take the second game 6-1.
Game 1 – UMPI 4, UMF 2
UMPI would dodge an early threat in game one as the Beavers would get a one-out walk and hit to put two on. The Owls' starter Sara Packard (JR, St. Albans, ME) would get out of the jam with a strikeout and an infield pop out to end the inning.
Neither team would put together much on offense until a defensive miscue in the fourth would allow the Beavers to get some offense going. Amber Grady (FR, Whitefield, ME) would single to drive in the first run of the game. The Owls would respond in the bottom half. Ariel Williams (FR, Frisco, TX) would lead off the inning with a walk, and with one out Emma Gogan (FR, Truro, NS) would double to center to score Williams, and an error on the play would allow Gogan to come around to score, putting UMPI up in the game. The Owls would take advantage of a second error in the inning when Jackie Peers (FR, Limestone, ME) would single in another run, giving UMPI a 3-1 lead.
The Beavers would respond in the fifth, as four consecutive hits to lead off the inning would score them a run. The Owls would prevent the big inning with a strong defensive effort, throwing out a runner trying to take an extra base, and turning a double play on a line drive back to the pitcher. UMPI would add an insurance run in the bottom half, as Nicole Marrucci (JR, Naples, ME) would triple to lead off the inning and score on the play on an error. Farmington would have two reach in the seventh, but the Owls would turn them away, taking the opener by a score of 4-2.
Packard would get the win by giving up just one earned run over seven innings of work. She would walk just three and strikeout four. Anastasia Albright (FR, Farmington, ME) would be tagged with a tough-luck loss, as she would also toe the rubber for the entire game, giving up just five hits and one earned run while walking one and striking out eight. Peers would lead the Owls offensively with a two for three effort.
Game 2 – UMF 6, UMPI 1
Despite doubling their hit total from the first game, the Owls would only be able to plate two runs as they left 12 runners on in the contest. Peers would drive in the only run for UMPI in the seventh with a single into centerfield.
Farmington would score one in the second, three in the third, and two in the sixth. They would collect 13 hits and have four players with a multi-hit game. Margaret Fogarty (JR, Auburn, ME) would lead the attack going three for four with two RBI, two runs scored, and a double. Kylie Cunningham (SO, Bangor, ME) would also go three for four with a run scored. Skyler Watson (FR, Chelsea, ME) would get the win, allowing just four walks and striking out two. The run she allowed was earned.
For the Owls Peers, Jordi Legassie (SO, Presque Isle, ME), Williams, and Ayana Walker (FR, Columbus, GA) would collect two hits in the game. Packard would toe the rubber in the second game and take the loss. Five of the six runs were earned, but she would walk just one while striking out five.