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Hornet softball drops two to UMaine-Presque Isle

Hornet softball drops two to UMaine-Presque Isle

Orono, ME - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon softball team faced the University of Maine at Presque Isle in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at the University of Maine's Mahaney Dome on Saturday afternoon.  The Hornets struggled to get the bats going and the result was an Owl sweep, 12-2 in the opener and 8-0 in the nightcap.  With the wins, UMPI improves to 13-11 overall and 5-3 in the NAC.  The Hornets fall to 4-20 on the season and 0-10 in conference.

Game 1 - UMaine-Presque Isle 12, NVU-Lyndon 2

The Hornets jumped in front when Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) drove in Cassandra Black (Tolland, CT) with a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning.  The lead was short lived, however, as the Owls responded with seven runs on nine hits in the bottom of the inning to take control of the game.

Melanee Terry had three hits, including two doubles, drove in two runs, and scored two more to pace the Owl attack.  Delanie Strout and Roni Shaw added two hits and two RBIs each.  Brookelynn Garcia went the distance to pick up the win, allowing only one earned run and three hits while striking out six.

Lyndon scored its only other run in the top of the fourth inning, when Emma Moore (Hillsborough, NH) delivered a one out double and Black followed with another double to drive her in.  Meghan Campo's (Essex Junction, VT) second inning single was the Hornets' only other hit.  Roberts threw a complete game and took the loss.

Game 2 - UMaine-Presque Isle 8, NVU-Lyndon 0

The Hornets managed only two hits off of three different UMPI pitchers in the nightcap.  Emma Corey (Concord, VT) singled in the first inning and Black singled in the fourth.  Meanwhile, the Owls took command with Sarah Duncklee's two-run home run in the bottom of the first and four more runs in the second.

Dunklee had a big game with three hits including the homer, three runs batted in, and two runs scored.  Terry finished with a single and a double.  Marissa Valdivia-Reagle, the second of three Owl pitchers, threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts to earn the win.  Moore went the distance for Lyndon and took the loss.

The Hornets close out the 2019 campaign with a NAC doubleheader at the University of Maine at Farmington Sunday.  First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.