LAGRANGE, N.C. -- The Meredith College softball Avenging Angels dropped a pair of USA South games Sunday afternoon at LaGrange with scores of 8-7 and 4-2. Rookies Bryce Smith and Kaitlyn Sawyer combined for seven hits to lead the Angels.
In game one Meredith scored three runs on four hits, including a two-RBI homer from Maria Annunziata, in the bottom of the sixth. But the two runners on base at the end of the frame left the Angels one run shy to continue the game.
The Panthers held a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the sixth in game two. Meredith drove in one run in each of the next two innings but left the tying run on base in the seventh to give LaGrange the sweep.
Lauren Marbrey started in the circle in game one and faced 23 batters in four innings. She allowed nine hits with four earned runs, one walk and a pair of strikeouts for the loss. Jackson allowed three hits with three earned runs, three walks, and a pair of Ks in relief. In the nightcap Jackson took the loss with a complete game. She tallied seven hits with just one earned run, one walk and six strikeouts.
Nine Angels notched at least one hit in the day's opener with homers from Smith and Charley Cox and doubles from Sarah Watson and Courtney Saunders. Brittany Bucklin sacrificed in the third to drive in Meredith's second run of the frame.
In the top of the sixth of game two, Smith led off with a double and Cox drove her in to put the Angels on the board. With two runners on base in the seventh, a Panther misstep allowed Bucklin to score on the play.
MCSB travels to cross-town rival William Peace Wednesday afternoon for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The Pacers lost two to Huntingdon today dropping to fourth in league standings, but the Meredith defense must close the gaps in order to come away with wins.