Softball Gains Three Conference Wins to Finish Season, Gain #6 Seed in USA South
Raleigh, N.C. - The Meredith softball team finished up their regular season in style by winning their last three games on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, Meredith won a game at Averett 6-2 before game two was suspended due to rain. On Sunday, the Avenging Angels made up two USA South road games on their own home field, downing Shenandoah in the first game 2-1 then finishing off Averett in the suspended game 12-1.
Arielle Stout ended the regular season as the USA South's career leader in strikeouts. She now has 558 and surpassed Heather Hugus 539 from Methodist University (1997-2000).
4/9/11 - Meredith 6, Averett 2: Meredith fell behind early giving up two runs in the bottom of the third. The Angels then responded with six straight runs to earn the victory. Highlights for Meredith included a home run and double from Emily Cooke and a double from Ashley Green. Stout earned a complete game win, with a no-hitter and striking out 16 and walking 11 for Meredith.
4/10/11 - Meredith 2, Shenandoah 1: The game remained a pitcher's duel until the top of the sixth inning. Leigh Friedman hit a two-out single to third base and Stout hit a towering shot to center field to give Meredith the 2-0 advantage. In the bottom half of the seventh inning, the Hornets threatened and put one run accross. Stout then struck out the winning potential winning run to give Meredith the victory. Stout picked up the relief appearance win, striking out six and giving up no hits. Jessica Dzeskewicz pitched the first four innings and only gave up one hit for Meredith.
4/10/11 - Meredith 12, Averett 1: Meredith and Averett completed a suspended game with the Avenging Angels crusing to the easy win. Stout started the day in relief and picked up the save. Dzeskewicz earned the win for her previous day's work. Highlights included a two run home run from Cooke and a triple from Sara Cranford. The Angels had five doubles on the day from Green (2), Kristen Piner, Carrie Webster and Jordan Zachmeyer.
Meredith finishes sixth in the USA South regular season and will face Methodist on Friday. The full bracket can be found on the USA South Softball Tournament Web Site.