RALEIGH, N.C. - Meredith's (13-9, 11-5 USA South) Amanda Beirne struck out the final two batters in the top of the seventh inning of game one to hold off a Greensboro College (16-12, 10-7 USA South) rally and secure the 3-2 USA South win. Game two was suspended in the top of the sixth due to rain.
Ashley Green launched a ball over the left field fence to land Meredith on the scoreboard in the first stanza. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Leah Friedman recorded a RBI-single to push the Avenging Angel lead to two.
After leaving three runners on base in the third and fourth frames, Meredith secured an insurance run on a solor homerun from Sara Cranford heading into the seventh.
The Pride's Sarah Thompkins and Jackie Nicholson advanced on a pair of singles in the top of the frame. Beirne struck out the next at-bat before Rae Hall punched a ball to right field for a single and advanced two more bases on an oufield error. Thompkins and Nicholson both scored to pull GC to within one before Beirne closed out the inning for her twelth victory on the season.
The Avenging Angels close out the regular season this weekend playing host to Piedmont College Saturday, April 6. The conference doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The LaGrange Panthers travel to Raleigh for a Sunday pairing with Meredith. Just prior to the Noon start, Athletics Director Jackie Myers will present selected student-athletes with the National Student Athlete Day Award for achieving excellence in academics and athletics, while making significant contributions to the community. The presentation is held in conjunction with NCAA Division III Week, which officially begins Monday.
Head Coach Kim Scavone and her staff will also recognize the three seniors before the first pitch.