Farmington, ME – The UMPI Owls softball team completed the four game sweep this weekend vs North Atlantic Conference opponent UMF. The Owls took game on in a late comeback, finishing the game with a 6-5 victory. Game two was a back and forth, high scoring game that finished 16-10. Now the Owls move to 4-4 in the NAC Conference and 5-7 on the year.
Marissa Valdivia Reagle (Seattle, WA) got the start for the Owls before getting relived early by Brookelynn Garcia (Torrance, CA) who finished the game and earning the win, with only one earned run allowed. Broghan Gagnon pitched the complete game for the Beavers.
Early on, it was all Beavers as they started the first inning with a four-run first. Including a three-run homer by Beavers, Chelsea Davis. The Owls then started to chip away at the lead. In the second, Zoe Aylward-Frank (Kennebunk, ME) singled to left center to bring Dalaney Anfinson (Green Cove Springs, FL) home for the Owls first run of the day. The Owls added another run in the third, off a single by Delanie Strout (Greene, ME), which brought Jordan Hansen (Phillips, NE) to home plate and bringing the game to 4-2, still in the Beavers favor.
UMF then expanded their lead to three, with another run in the bottom of the third inning, coming off a single. Aylward-Frank came up big again, getting another RBI with a double, which brought Roni Shaw (Payette, ID) home for a run. Then came the fifth inning where the Owls would rally, Shaw would double to left center, bringing in her two teammates, Melanee Terry (Moreno Valley, CA) and Anfinson, each getting on with a single. With that double by Shaw, the Owls tied the game at five runs each. Halle Garner (Murray, UT) then followed with a single to third base, and bringing Shaw home and giving the Owls the lead.
The Owls defense then ended the game, with only allowing two hits in the last three innings, and putting the game away in seven innings, 6-5.
Olivia Riitano (Abbot, ME) earned the start for the Owls, pitching five innings and finishing the game allowing eight earned runs. Brookelynn Garcia (Torrance, CA) earned her second save of the day, as she came in to pitch the last two innings and only allowing two hits and no runs. Gagnon got the start for UMF again, while Maddelyn Souza finished the game on the mound for the beavers.
Coming out of the gate early, the Owls took a quick three-run lead in the top of the first. Melanee Terry (Moreno Valley, CA) hit a single to bring in Dalaney Anfinson (Green Cove Springs, FL), who got on with a single, giving the Owls their first run of the second game. Roni Shaw (Payette, ID) then followed with a single, bringing Anfinson home. Terry was able to score the Owls third run in the inning off an error by the Beavers. An immediate answer by UMF brought them within one before the end of the first inning. Runs coming off a two RBI single and an Owls error.
With runners on first and second, lead off Jordan Hansen (Phillips, NE) was back up to the plate. Hansen then hit a deep three RBI homerun to right field, her second career homer and the Owls first of the year. The Owls were not done there, as Delanie Strout (Greene, ME) immediately followed with a triple. Anfinson then hit her home with a single, as the Owls still sit with zero outs. Two outs later, Anfinson was able to score from third off an error by the Beavers. The Owls 5-run inning gave them an 8-5 lead.
UMF answered back in consecutive innings, scoring one run in the second and fourth, and two runs in the third inning. The Beavers single in the fourth tied the game at eight each. Hansen then singled in the top of the fifth to give the Owls another run and taking back the lead. Not for long though, as the Beavers again answered with a two RBI double as they regained the lead, 10-9.
A double by Shaw brought her and Zoe Aylward-Frank (Kennebunk, ME) each in scoring position, followed by a big hit by first year Karis Dankert (Dover Foxcroft, ME). Giving the Owls back the lead in the sixth. Dankert doubled to left center, bringing Shaw and Aylward-Frank home. UMPI then continued to show out at the plate with another five-run inning in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Terry finished the game with four hits in her five at bats to go along with her two RBI's. Dankert, Shaw, Strout and Anfinson each finished the game with three hits each. While Hansen lead both teams with four RBI's, three of which came off her homerun in the second.
The Owls will have another pair of conference doubleheaders vs NAC opponent Northern Vermont Johnson. Tune in at Owls.umpi.edu.