Mariners Sweep Owls

Mariners Sweep Owls

CASTINE, Maine -- Hayley Rae went 7 for 8, with seven RBI, to help Maine Maritime win a pair of non-conference softball games against Maine-Presque Isle Friday. The Mariners won the first game 9-1 and took the second 8-3. Maine Maritime improved to 4-12, while the Owls fell to 4-18.

In game one,

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead  in the first inning on four hits. Rae batted in Andi Flannery, Erica Taylor sacrificed Cindy Schultz from third and Rae scored on a passed ball. 

Amanda Allen grounded out in the third to plate Alyson Pull for UMPI before Kelsie Hilton's grounder in the bottom of the inning scored Abby Yeo to keep the Mariners ahead 4-1.

Yeo's grounder in the fifth scored Rae to make it 5-1before Maine Maritime tacked on four runs in the sixth inning to end the game. Flannery's single to left scored Hilton before Rae roped a two-run single and an error later scored Rae.

Rae went 4 for 4 at the plate for the Mariners with three RBI and Flannery finished with two hits, including a triple, and one RBI.

Yeo improved to 2-6, firing six innings with eight strikeouts, one walk and zero earned runs. Krista Coffin picked up the loss with six strikeouts and just three earned runs.

In game two,

UMPI took a first inning lead when Coffin's sacrifice hit scored Amanada Allen to give the Owls a 1-0 lead. The Mariners countered in the bottom of the first frame when Rae ripped a double to center that plated Schultz, who got on base with a single.

The Mariners tacked on a run in both the second and third innings to lead 3-1. Lauren McKenna's grounder to third scored Ashlee Knight, who drew a leadoff walk, in the second inning and Yeo's grounder in the third inning scored Schultz.

Maine Maritime put three runs on the board in the fifth inning to lead 6-1. Rae hit a two-run double, which brought in both Flannery and Schultz, and Taylor stroked a RBI double to center to score Rae.

UMPI added two in the top of the sixth inning when Brittany Luetjen hit a two-run ground-rule double to right center. 

The Mariners matched the Owls in the bottom of the frame with two runs to lead 8-3. Rae's single scored Molly Marcotte, who led off with a single, and Yeo's single to left plated Rae.

Taylor improved to 2-6 for the Mariners, firing seven innings with seven strikeouts and allowed three earned runs. Kaitlyn Dow took the loss with four strikeouts in six innings.

The Mariners play their final home game in program history Saturday, 12 p.m., against Maine-Farmington.