February 27, 2011

Softball Battles Back to Split with Guilford

Raleigh, N.C. – The Meredith (3-7) softball team hosted Guilford (4-4) on Sunday.  Guilford took game one 2-0 in a pitching battle while the Avenging Angels stormed back in eight innings winning 10-8 against the Quakers in game two to earn the split.

Game 1:  Guilford 2, Meredith 0:  The first game featured pitcher's duel between Meredith's Arielle Stout and Guilford's Jessica Burchman with both giving up a combined 13 hits.  The difference was the third inning when Guilford was able to push across two runs on two hits and a error.  Stout took the loss in the complete game.

Game 2:  Meredith 10, Guilford 8 – 8 innings:  The Quakers struck first, gaining two runs in the top of the second inning.  Meredith answered with two of their own in the bottom of the third, including an RBI-single from Emily Cooke to score Jordan Zachmeyer.  Leah Friedman singled to center to score Cooke.

Guilford would add one run in the fourth, and four in the fifth to hold a commanding 7-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Meredith put on their rally hats and started things off with a double to center field from Zachmeyer.  Zachmeyer would move to third on a wild pitch.  Cooke then hit a one-out single to center to score Zachmeyer.  Friedman would then reach first base on an error and Cooke moved to third.  Arielle Stout then hit a two-out, two-RBI double that scored Friedman and Cooke.  Ashley Green then hit an RBI single to score Stout and tie the game.  The inning would end on a single by Piner and Green getting thrown out trying to make it home from second base.   

In the top of the eighth inning, Guilford pushed across their placed runner on second base to take the 8-7 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.  Meredith answered and tied things up as Rebecca Leigh's sacrifice bunt moved Kristin Piner to third.  Zachmeyer hit a single to center field that scored Piner and tied the game at 8-all.  Sara Cranford then hit a walk off homerun blast to center field to score two and give Meredith the win.

Stout picked up the relief appearance win for Meredith and gained a 1-1 record with 13 strikeouts on the day.

Meredith returns to action this weekend as they head to in the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast tournament in Va. Beach.