RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College softball Angels dropped both games in Saturday's non-conference doubleheader to the visiting Virginia Wesleyan Marlins, ranked 19th in the latest Division III national poll. Rookie shortstop Kelsey Mabe went three-for-three at the plate in game two's 8-4 loss. VWC handled the Angels 9-1 in the first.
The Marlins opened the day with a two-RBI double and added three more runs through the top of the fifth.
Savannah Patterson entered to pitch for the Angels in the top of the sixth, and the defense held VWC scoreless. Erica Occena sparked the Avenging Angels in the bottom of the frame with a double to center. Haley Ervin walked, and both runners moved into scoring position. But the Marlins managed the next three batters leaving the potential runs on base.
A four-run seventh inning put the visitors out of reach for the win.
Taylor Jackson struck out five in her second loss on the season, and Hanna Hull earned the win for the Marlins.
Wesleyan carried the momentum into game two scoring six runs in the top of the first frame. Meredith responded as Mabe recorded her first hit with a single advancing to second on an outfield misstep. Brittany Bucklin drove Mabe home with a hard-hit single up the middle to put the Angels on the board, but the Marlins extended their lead to seven in the top of the third inning.
With two outs on the board in the bottom-of-four, Kepley drilled a triple to left field. Charley Cox hit an RBI-single in the next at-bat to keep the Angels moving forward.
The Angels defense held VWC scoreless through their next three at-bats giving Meredith one last chance in the bottom of the seventh.
Megan Tarpey beat out a play at first in her at-bat and moved to third on a pair of missteps from the Marlins' battery. Ellen Blevins walked and advanced to second behind Tarpey. Occena scored Tarpey on a groundout, and Mabe drove in Blevins on her third single on the day. But a third out on the next at-bat left the Avenging Angels shy of the win.
Julia Cerasi took the loss for the Angels after facing the full slate of Marlin batters in the top of the first. Jackson finished out the game allowing six hits with two earned runs and three K's. Wesleyan's Courtney Wright pitched a complete game for the win.
Meredith returns to action Sunday afternoon in a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader versus McDaniel College. The Green Terror earned a pair of wins today at the USA South's Methodist to open their season.