PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The Owls Softball team (13-9) returns home after taking four out of six games over the weekend.
SUNY Canton 3, UMPI 0
The SUNY Canton Roos' (8-7) starting pitcher Jordan Podkladek (SR, Ganesvoort, NY) would spin a complete game, two-hit shutout against the Owls to start the weekend. Podkledek would strike out three, but walk no one, facing just 24 batters in seven innings of work. Sara Packard (JR, St. Albans, ME) would strike out seven in her six innings of work.
UMPI 5, SUNY Canton 4
Nicole Marucci would go three for three with four RBI to lift the Owls past the Roos in the second game on Friday. Her two RBI homerun in the second would give UMPI a 3-0 lead. With SUNY Canton closing the gap late in the game, Marucci would step up and deliver late in the game again, this time with a two RBI double in the sixth. The Roos would score twice in the bottom of the sixth, but leave two on, falling just short in a 5-4 win for UMPI.
UMPI 12, Lyndon St. 1
The Owls would collect ten hits and take advantage of 12 walks issued by Lyndon State (0-8) pitchers to cruise to victory in the first game on Saturday. The Hornets offense would only muster four hits in their attack. Packard would strike out ten in the victory. Ayana Walker (FR, Columbus, GA), Brianna Losee (JR, Pittsfield, ME), and Marucci would all collect two hits in the effort.
UMPI 6, Lyndon ST. 0
Packard would strike out eight, walk two, and keep the Hornets off the scoreboard in the second game. Brooke Dolloff (SR, Rumford, ME) would be responsible for two of the four Lyndon State hits. Meanwhile Marucci would record another multi-hit effort, going two for four with two RBI and a double. Walker would also go two for four with an RBI. Emma Gogan (FR, Truro, NS) would lead all hitters with a three for four effort.
UMPI 3, UMF 2
The Owls ended up their trip facing the University of Maine at Farmington (5-15) at Kent's Hill High School.
The Beavers would grab an early lead off of Elizabeth Walker's (SO, Falmouth, ME) two-run home run in the first inning. Packard would answer back with homerun of her own in the top of the second to cut the lead in half. The Owls would tie the game in the fifth when Marucci doubled to right to drive in Packard, and would take the lead in the seventh when Losee would single to the left center gap.
Packard would go three for three at the plate and score all three UMPI runs. She would also strike out 13 and give up just three hits from the rubber, walking just one.
UMF 7, UMPI 5
UMPI would find themselves down by four in the early going. The Owls would show their resiliency and fight back into the game in the third inning. Three singles with no one out would load the bases, and after a sacrifice fly would put them on the board, Packard would drive in two with a double to right center field. Packard would score the tying run later that inning on a groundball out.
Walker would strike again, for the second time in the day, she would go deep, this time in the bottom of the third, tying the game. The Owls would miss opportunities in the fourth and fifth, stranding two runners in both of those innings. The Beavers would finally string together hits in the sixth to plate two, and the Owls could not take advantage of a leadoff single in the seventh.