Softball Ends Season with Back-to-Back Losses in League Tourament
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - Friday's rain delay in the USA South Softball Tournament did not help the Avenging Angels as #4-seed Meredith (15-14) went on to lose to #5-seed Methodist (23-20) 10-0 in six innings. Ferrum College (32-9), the top-seeded softball team, ended Meredith's short tournament run with a 2-1 10-inning loss in game five.
Meredith picked up their game with the Monarchs Saturday morning at the top of the sixth inning and MU up 4-0. A walk and a single set up MU's Brittany Miller to load the bases on a misstep from Meredith's infield.
Heather Williams scored two with a double to right in the next at-bat, and Krista Zentner hit a grand slam four batters later to extend the Monarch lead for the win.
Meredith's second and final game of the day proved to be a defensive battle with the Panthers. After falling to eighth-seeded LaGrange in the opening round, Ferrum fell to the losers bracket with the Avenging Angels.
The teams remained scoreless through nine before the Panthers picked up a run on an infield throwing error. Amanda Beirne struckout the next batter before a ground-rule double scored an insurance run for Ferrum.
After a pitching change heading into the bottom of the frame, Meredith's Courtney Saunders and Leah Friedman earned a pair of singles to put two runners on base for the Avenging Angels. Mindi Stallings scored Saunders on a fielder's choice, and Friedman was out on the play.
Four Avenging Angels completed the doubleheader with two hits apiece, and Friedman notched a third. Stallings earned the only RBI for Meredith.
Beirne completed her senior season with a 14-13 record with 22 complete games pitched. She compiled a 2.07 earned run average on the year, including four on the day.
Monarch Sarah Stapleton earned her third win on the season, and Rachel Shumaker posted the win for Ferrum.