WATERVILLE, ME - The Thomas softball team swept a doubleheader over the University of Maine at Presque Isle this afternoon, taking game one 9-7 and game two by a score of 6-1 in non-conference action.
After a scoreless first two innings, Thomas (playing as the road team) went off for five runs in the top of the third. Warren, Eugley, Sonja Morse, Taylor M. Johnson and Faith Robinson each drove home one run each in the inning, highlighted with RBI doubles by Morse and Johnson to give Thomas a 5-0 lead.
The Owls (11-13) went down in order in the bottom of the inning, and Thomas got right back to work at the plate in the fourth, plating four more runs. Eugley, Korrie Laren and Phyllicia Jordan all collected an RBI as the Terriers expanded their lead up to 9-0.
In the fifth, UMPI got on the board with two runs, as Carly Bell and Shannon Brown each drove in one run. Down 9-2 entering the final inning, the Owls began a rally, as five runners came across to score and cut the deficit to just two until Robinson struck out Jessica Campbell for the final out to close out the win.
Robinson went the first four innings as the starter, and then returned to record the final two outs, going a total of 4.2 innings and allowing just three hits and one unearned run while striking out a season-high five batters. The Terriers had 11 hits in the game at the plate.
Sara Packard went all seven innings for the Owls, giving up nine runs (six earned) with four strikeouts in defeat.
Thomas struck first in the top of the second, as Taylor M. Johnson scored on a fielder's choice and Alyssa Eugley drove one in to put the Terriers up 2-0. Lindsy Hoopingarner picked up an RBI in the third inning to extend the lead to three.
In the sixth, Korrie Laren came through with runners on second and third, as she drove a single to right field and plated both Briana Warren and Hoopingarner. McKenney took a no-hitter into the bottom half of the inning, but Danielle Smith singled to center field for the Owls lone hit on the game. UMPI scored one in the inning after a runner reached on an error and then came around after a ground out.
Hoopingarner picked up her third hit of the game in the seventh to drive in her second run and put the finishing touches on the 6-1 Terrier win.
Hoopingarner and McKenney both had three-hit games, while Warren and Johnson both had two-hits.
Packard started again in game two, and went all seven innings in the losing effort.
Thomas will be back in action on Friday, April 24 for a conference doubleheader against Castleton, with the first game scheduled to start at 3:00 PM.