AKRON, Ohio — The University of Maine-Presque Isle softball team’s season came to a close on Monday with consecutive losses at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association national tournament at Pony Field.
The College of St. Joseph from Vermont blanked the Owls 2-0 in the first game, then Penn State Beaver eliminated UMPI with a 6-2 win later in the evening.
Fourth-seeded UMPI closed out the season with a 25-14 record.
In the early game, Maggie Miller pitched a two-hitter and struck out seven to carry the No. 5 Fighting Saints to victory.
Nicole Marucci and Dinah Bilodeau each singled for the Owls. Sara Packard scattered 10 hits pitching a complete game and struck out two.
Jacqueline Rossi and Karlee Moore each posted two singles for St. Joseph (24-14), which scored the only run it would need in the first inning. Rossi beat out an infield hit, stole second and scored on Sierra Jaeger’s two-out single.
Jenna Crowley posted an RBI single in the sixth to make it 2-0.
In the losers’ bracket game, eighth seed Penn State Beaver broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning to stay alive.
Sarah Foose pitched a four-hitter, giving up only one earned run, for the 26-22 winners. Brenna Cepull paced the offense with a double, a single and two RBIs and Foose singled twice and knocked in a run.
Dalynn Jacobs led UMPI with a double and a single and Packard had a single and a sacrifice fly. Packard spaced eight hits and six runs.
Foose broke a scoreless tie with a run-scoring single in the fourth, before the Lady Lions struck in the fifth. Cepull’s two-run double and RBI singles by Rachael Charlier and Foose keyed the uprising.