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Angels and Bishops Split to Open USA South Schedule

Julia Allsbrook

RALEIGH, N.C. -- In Saturday's USA South Conference opener Meredith College softball split the day with the visiting N.C. Wesleyan Bishops. The Avenging Angels captured a 3-1 victory in game one, and Wesleyan rallied in the sixth inning of game two to secure the split.

Game 1
Taylor Jackson opened with a slow start in the top of the first, walking three of her first five batters to load the bases, but Brittany Bucklin finished off the inning with a putout at third base. The Bishops defense handled Meredith in the bottom of the frame to close the inning scoreless.

A pair of infield errors scored an unearned run for Wesleyan in the second, but the Angels evened the score in the bottom of the inning. Bucklin walked and Eran Artigues advanced on a one-out single. Julia Allsbrook walked to load the bases, and Rachel Peel scored Bucklin on a RBI-single to left.

Neither team advanced a runner through the next three innings. In the sixth Wesleyan loaded the bases with no outs on the board. Allsbrook threw the runner out at home on the next at bat, and Jackson struck Meredith Mize out swinging. Kelseyn Mabe caught a pop up to end the inning, and the game remained even at one.

Sarah Watson led off with a single in the bottom of the frame, and Bucklin moved the runner with help from an infield misstep. Artigues ripped a double to left center scoring both runners to secure the win for the Angels.

Jackson earned her fourth win on the season allowing four hits with no earned runs, four walks, striking out three. Bishop Beth Braswell received credit for two runs, striking out five Avenging Angels and walking two.

Game 2
Meredith opened the scoring early in game two with Mabe and Occena both advancing to first on a walk. Mabe eventually reached third and ran home as Occena made a break for second.

Both teams scored in the third inning, leaving the Angels with a 2-1 lead heading into the sixth. Myah Morse loaded the bases on a pair of hits and a walk, and the Bishop Kayla Molivas scored the lead runner with a RBI-single.

Jackson entered in relief and walked the next run. A Wesleyan sacrifice scored a third before Bucklin, Allsbrook, and Bryce Smith ended the inning with a double play.

Erica Occena and Maria Annunziata each recorded a hit during Meredith's final at-bats, but the Bishops held on for the win.

Morse took the loss for the Avenging Angels earning all four runs with four walks and one strikeout, while Shelby Godwin struck out three Angels with one walk in her second win on the season for the Bishops.