RALEIGH, N.C. -- The East Division top-seed Meredith College softball squad downed the East six-seed William Peace Pacers in Sunday's game three of the best-of-three series to advance to next week's double-elimination USA South Tournament series in LaGrange, Georgia.
This weekend's tournament wins mark the first for the Angels since the 2011 season. Head Coach Kim Scavone was named this year's USA South Coach of the Year for the second time in her career, and she coached her first 28th season win this afternoon. Thursday, April 13, at 2 p.m. Meredith will play the winner of the 10 a.m. pairing between the West #2 Salem and East #3 Ferrum match-up.
This afternoon Taylor Jackson pitched the complete game for the Avenging Angels allowing one run on three hits, striking out six. Peace tried three pitchers in the circle today with starter Kelsey Durham tossing a total of 2.2 innings for the loss.
Two more strikeouts in the second returned the Angels to the dugout, but only a walk from Rachel Peel sparked any offensive threat from Meredith.
Jackson continued to do her job in the circle with a second consecutive one-two-three finish, and the Angels offense finally offered her support. Kelsey Mabe led off the third with a single, and Ervin moved her to second with a walk. Bucklin scored on a RBI-single, moving Ervin to third. Ervin scored on a passed ball after a Pacer pitching change to give the Avenging Angels a 2-0 lead.
The Angels defense managed WPU in the fourth, and Peel hit a stand-up double to right center in the bottom of the frame. Another one-two-three for Peace brought Bucklin to the plate for her second single. The Pacer's third pitcher of the day Lindsey Wiggins moved to the circle to finish off the inning.
WPU led off in the sixth with a walk and advanced the runner to second with a single. The shortstop drove in the Pacer's only run with a single to right before Erica Occena finished off the inning catching a fly ball in right field.
Meredith's Peel advanced on a hit-by-pitch, and Occena walked to force another WPU pitching change. The Angels put the ball in play, but two putouts at third finished off the frame.
Jackson maintained her poise in the circle in the top of the seventh, and the Avenging Angels defense backed up their pitcher to secure the tournament victory.