ORONO, Maine – University of Maine at Farmington softball (1-1) opened the 2016 season with a doubleheader split with the University of Maine at Presque Isle (1-1) in non-conference action on Saturday in the Mahaney Dome. The Beavers won the first game 12-4 but fell in the second game, 5-3.
In the first game, the Beavers used 10 hits to secure the 12-4 win. Tasha DeRoche (Peru, Maine/Dirigo) gave UMF a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a home run to left field. DeRoche plated Kylie Cunningham (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) after Cunningham started the inning off with a double in the right field gap.
The Owls tied the game in the fourth inning after playing small ball, but UMF answered in the top of the sixth with DeRoche coming through in the clutch again. DeRoche blooped a single into center field, driving home Cunningham once more.
UMPI tied the game again in the bottom of the frame with two more runs after a single by Amanda Allen.
UMF blew the game open with eight runs on five hits in the top of the seventh inning. Cunningham had two singles and drove in a run in the offensive surge.
Kailyn Hill (Lisbon, Maine/Lisbon) earned her first-career complete game in her first collegiate start for UMF. Hill yielded one earned run on three hits and struck out seven Owls.
In the second game, Haley Felkel (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) led off the game with a single to left field and then stole second and third on the next two pitches. Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine/Mt. Blue) belted home the first run of the contest with an infield single. DeRoche tallied two more RBI by reaching on an error to give the Beavers a 3-0 margin.
UMPI responded in the bottom of the first with an RBI sacrifice fly and then tied the game in the third inning when Jordi Legassie launched a home run to center field. UMPI took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning with a pair of RBI hits.
In the doubleheader, Cunningham combined to go 7-for-7 with three runs scored, drove in two runs, and recorded a stolen base. Cunningham was only a home run away from completing the cycle today.
UMaine-Farmington travels to the PFX Invitational in Clermont, Fla., starting with a showdown against Carthage on March 20.