VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. The Meredith College softball squad dropped their opening doubleheader Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan College. The Marlins locked in an 8-2 decision in game one and followed with an 11-1 victory to sweep the Avenging Angels.
On a cold day in Virginia, the highlight for Meredith came in game two. Rookie Courtney Saunders cleared a double to help Meredith reach the scoreboard and Amanda White posted one of her own in the loss.
The Marlins took quick control of the day with three runs scored in the first inning and picked up another one in the third.
Meredith reached the plate twice in the top of the fourth but VWC closed out the scoring in the next inning to seal the win.
Virginia Wesleyan's Lindsey Inzana and Taylor Galvin led the Marlins with three hits apiece. Kristina Karagiorgis struck out 11 Angels as she pitched her way to a 1-0 start this season.
In game two Ashley Green led off the third with a single and scored on a double by Saunders to put Meredith on the scoreboard early.
The Marlins tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a lead-off homer from Tori Higginbotham and added three more before Meredith could end the run.
VWC rallied in the bottom of the fourth with seven runs scored to close out the sweep over the Avenging Angels.
Beirne pitched the second game for Meredith and struck out two in the loss. Marlin MacKenzie Creech earned her first win allowing four hits and striking out four in the five-inning game.
Meredith returns home next weekend as co-host of the Triangle Softball Classic with nearby William Peace Saturday and Sunday, February 23-24. Nine teams will compete across both fields beginning each day at 9 a.m. The Avenging Angels hit the field at 1 p.m. versus Wilson College Saturday.