RALEIGH, N.C. -- In Tuesday's non-conference action the Meredith College softball Angels handled the visiting St. Andrews Knights 2-1 in game one and finished off the day 8-0 in five innings. The four Meredith pitchers shared today's duties with two wins and two saves earned on the day.
Savannah Patterson started the first game in the circle for her second career win, and Taylor Jackson entered in the sixth to earn her first save on the season. In the nightcap Myah Morse pitched one inning for her sixth win, and Julia Cerasi stepped into the circle in the second frame for her third career save.
After St. Andrews opened the scoring on a RBI-single from their third batter, Meredith finally responded with the Angels first hit in the third from Charley Cox. Madison Perry walked, and both runners advanced on a sacrifice from Haley Ervin but were left stranded on the next at-bat.
With two outs and runners on second and third in the top of the next frame, Patterson struck out Reina Mondragon to get out of the inning. Ellen Blevins notched a RBI-single in the bottom of the stanza to put the Avenging Angels on the board.
Kelsey Mabe scored Meredith's second run in the fifth to edge into the lead. Jackson entered in the sixth and managed the Knights through one out with one runner on first. Brittany Bucklin caught a line drive on the next ball and finished off the double play at first with Julia Allsbrook.
In the bottom of the frame, Laura Zievis led off with a double to center but was caught stealing third. Allsbrook singled, and Alyssa D'Arco moved her to third on a double down the third baseline. An afternoon downpour suspended play and neither would score when the game resumed. The Meredith defense finished off St. Andrews in the top of seven for the win.
Thirteen hits in game two was no match for the Knights, and the Angels cruised to an early finish in five innings. Ervin notched four hits in four at-bats, including three bunt singles and a triple, and Erica Occena tallied three of her own. Katie Kepley hit her first double in the first frame scoring Sarah Watson and crushed her second extra base hit deep into right field to lead off in the fifth.
Bucklin drove in a run with each of her singles, and Mabe and Eran Artigues advanced runners in the first inning with a hit apiece.
The Avenging Angels return to USA South action Thursday with a road doubleheader at Averett, ranked third in the East behind division leaders Meredith and Ferrum. The Panthers travel to Raleigh Saturday to face off in a battle for first.