CARY, N.C. -- In day one of the Grand Slam Classic, the Meredith College Angels finished strong to record a split on the day. After a 16-5 loss to nationally ranked Emory University, Maria Annunziata and Bryce Smith combined for nine RBI to lead the Avenging Angels to a 10-1 win in six over the Wilson Phoenix.
The top-notch Emory Eagles, ranked 18th nationally among Division III programs, took advantage of rookie pitcher Leigh Ann Charles in the top of the first inning. EU scored 10 runs on 10 hits with three base-on-balls before Head Coach Kim Scavone released Charles.
But the Angels responded in the bottom of the frame with a pair of doubles from Courtney Saunders and Eran Artigues to put Meredith on the board with two. The Angels went on to score three more, the most runs scored on Emory to-date, before the Eagles closed out early for the win.
After an unexpected tournament delay, Meredith finally took the field again at 5:30 p.m. versus Wilson. After a scoreless first inning, Annunziata blasted her first home run of the game with a solo RBI.
A miscue from the Angels in the bottom of the frame helped the Phoenix tie the game.
Charlie Cox led off in the top of two with a walk, and Kayla North crushed a ball up the middle to score Cox. North stole second to put herself in scoring position for Annunziata's RBI-single on the next at-bat to give Meredith a 3-1 run heading into the bottom of two.
The Avenging Angels held Wilson through the next two innings. Brittany Bucklin doubled through the right side, and Annunziata drove her home with another homer. Smith followed suit with her first career home run to advance the Angels' lead.
Meredith scored three more runs in the top of the sixth to spread the gap to nine. Taylor Jackson struck out the first Phoenix batter and the defense helped her with the rest to cap off the day with a win.
Jackson earned her third win on the season allowing just two hits with 10 strikeouts in game two. Lauren Marbrey replaced Charles in the first game and allowed seven hits with three strikeouts and four base-on-balls.
Audrey Weller earned her second win for Emory in game one, and Taylor Crouse claimed the loss for Wilson in the nightcap.
Meredith hosts three games Sunday in day two of the Grand Slam Classic. The Angels face off with regionally ranked McDaniel at 10 a.m. and cap off the day versus Roanoke. Roanoke and McDaniel will play the Noon game. Follow the action live HERE.