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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.

Amanda White walked, and Lorri Cole stepped to the plate with the winning run on first. But the Panthers completed the groundout on the next pitch to close the inning on a win.

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.