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Softball Splits with Panthers

Softball Splits with Panthers

FERRUM, Va. - The Avenging Angels (9-8, 7-4 USA South) fell just short of Ferrum College 6-5 (21-7, 10-2 USA South) in a 10-inning, game-one thriller but kept the bats swinging to cap off the day with a 6-2 win.

Whitney Williams drilled a double to right center in the third frame for the first hit of the day, her first of four, and scored with Leah Friedman at bat.

The Panthers tied the game two innings later on a one-hit, one-run series in the bottom of the fifth, and a scoreless sixth and seventh extended the game.

The battle at the plate began in the eighth when Friedman scored the tiebreaker run for Meredith. Ferrum picked up the RBI on a double in the bottom of the frame.

As designed by their coaches, both teams scored the extra runner again in the ninth to keep the battle going.

In the top of the tenth, Avenging Angel Courtney Saunders sacrificed to move Sara Cranford to third, and Williams sent Cranford home on a single down the right field line. Leftfielder Mindi Stallings added some cushion for Meredith sending Williams home on a double to right.

In the bottom of the frame, Amanda Beirne loaded the bases on a pair of walks to join the tiebreaker run. A double sent two runs home, and the hosts closed out the win on a RBI-bunt from first baseman Chloe Brzycki.

In an otherwise stellar performance, Meredith's Beirne earned the loss allowing just three earned runs with 11 strikeouts. The team out-hit Ferrum 10-7 with a perfect presence in the field. Panther Rachel Shumaker earned the win with three innings pitched

The hosts carried their momentum into the nightcap, and picked up a pair of runs in the first inning. But Meredith rallied in the next frame scoring four with two outs on the board.

Amanda White picked up a solo homerun in the next series and catcher Lorri Cole drove in a run on a single in the seventh to secure the Meredith win.

Beirne posted the game-two win on her second complete game of the day recording six strikeouts with no runs earned. Emily Taylor took the loss, allowing three earned runs in two innings pitched.

The Avenging Angels continue on to Maryville Tennessee to face the Scots Saturday afternoon. First pitch in the USA South doubleheader is slated for Noon.