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Annunziata's Grand Slam Delivers a 9-0 Win; Wasps Force Split with 7-0 Nightcap

Taylor Jackson

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College softball team capped off the day in a split with the visiting Emory & Henry Wasps. The Angels opened with a 9-0 offensive performance, and the visitors finished with a 7-0 no-hitter in game two. 

Game 1
Led by Maria Annunziata's grand slam in the bottom of the first frame, the Avenging Angels made quick work of Emory & Henry in game one. Meredith recorded 8-of-11 hits in the first inning with a second home run from Eran Artigues for a 6-0 lead.

Julia Allsbrook drilled a two-RBI double up the center field lane in the second to add three more runs to Meredith's score. Jackson handled the next two innings forcing three pop flies, one ground out, and a pair of strikeouts. In the top of five, she checked off three pinch hitters to close out the game early.

Jackson earned her second win on a two-hit shutout with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Wasp Tiffany Cole recorded her first loss earning all nine runs.

Game 2
The Meredith defense held Wasp runners at second and third in the opening frame of game two to assist pitcher Myah Morse who walked both. Kelsey Mabe led off with a walk, and Erica Occena sacrificed her at bat to advance the runner. Both runners were left stranded, and the Angels would not advance another runner until the fourth.

Meanwhile, Emory and Henry scored four runs on three hits on Morse in the second, and Jackson entered in relief with two outs on the board to strikeout the cleanup batter Madison McClanahan to end the inning.

Occena made it to first in the fourth on a walk and two batters were hit at the plate to advance, but Cameron Drew's 11 strikeouts and a perfect defense pulled off the no-hitter for the Wasps' fifth win on the season.

Meredith rookie Emily Clemmons pitched her collegiate debut facing seven batters in 1.2 innings. She allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout in her appearance.

Meredith returns to their home field tomorrow for a non-conference doubleheader versus the McDaniel Green Terror visiting Raleigh from Westminster, Maryland. First pitch is slated for Noon, and you may follow the live broadcast HERE.