FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Five Meredith College Avenging Angel softball players earned USA South All-Conference honors as announced Wednesday from the league office. Senior pitcher Amanda Beirne garnered the team's top award with Second Team, while second baseman Amanda White was selected for Third Team. Freshman Mindi Stallings earned honorable mention recognition as a utility player, and right fielder Leah Friedman earned the same honor as an outfielder. Rookie Courtney Saunders was selected to the Softball All-Sportsmanship team.
Beirne pitched 21 complete games with 26 appearances during the regular season for a total of 167.1 innings. She currently leads the league with 137 strikeouts and holds the third-lowest earned run average at 2.09. Beirne's 14 wins place her second among USA South pitchers.
White started all 27 games for Meredith and sits in the top 15 among league players with a batting average of .367. In her 90 at-bats during the regular season, White posted 33 hits with eight doubles and four home runs. She tallied 15 RBI and stole seven bases in as many attempts. Her .589 slugging percentage ranks seventh among league hitters.
Stallings spent much of her time this season as the designated player, but also played each of the bases and the outfield as well. She started all but one game as a rookie and posted 19 hits with five doubles and 11 RBI.
The fourth highest among the Avenging Angels, Friedman holds a batting average of .347 with two doubles, one triple and 15 RBI. She also tallied seven stolen bases in seven attempts, and scored 20 runs, second only to White who led the team with 23 during the regular season.
Raleigh local Saunders started in all 27 regular season games as a freshman outfielder for Meredith and posted 23 hits with four doubles and a triple thus far. She tallied 10 RBI and 10 runs through April 7.
Meredith faces USA South rival Methodist University in round one of the league tournament. The first pitch is slated for 9 a.m. at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex Friday, April 12.
2013 USA South Softball Tournament Schedule
Rocky Mount Sports Complex (Rocky Mount, N.C.)
Day #1 - Friday, April 12, 2013
Game #1 - #8 LaGrange vs. #1 Ferrum - 9 a.m.
Game #2 - #5 Methodist vs. #4 Meredith - 9 a.m.
Game #3 - #6 N.C. Wesleyan vs. #3 Christopher Newport - 11 a.m.
Game #4 - #7 Greensboro vs. #2 Piedmont - 11 a.m.
Game #5 - Loser of Game #1 vs. Loser of Game #2 - 1 p.m.
Game #6 - Winner of Game #1 vs. Winner of Game #2 - 1 p.m.
Game #7 - Loser of Game #3 vs. Loser of Game #4 - 3 p.m.
Game #8 - Winner of Game #3 vs. Winner of Game #4 - 3 p.m.
Day #2 - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Game #9 - Winner of Game #5 vs. Loser of Game #8 - 10 a.m.
Game #10 - Winner of Game #7 vs. Loser of Game #6 - 10 a.m.
Game #11 - Winner of Game #6 vs. Winner of Game #8 - 12 p.m.
Game #12 - Winner of Game #9 vs. Winner of Game #10 - 2 p.m.
Day #3 - Sunday, April 14, 2013
Game #13 - Winner of Game #12 vs. Loser of Game #11 - 10 a.m.
Game #14 - Winner of Game #11 vs. Winner of Game #13 - 1 p.m.
Game #15 - same teams as Game #18 (if necessary) - 3 p.m.