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Softball Splits Day One of Sun Kissed Games

Kelsey Mabe
Kelsey Mabe

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Meredith College split in day one of two at the Sun Kissed Games in Florida today with a 5-3 loss to the Illinois Lady Blues, followed by a 14-4 clinic over WPI. Both games ended in a walk-off homer, including a three-RBI dinger from Eran Artigues in game two.

Game 1
Maria Annunziata earned a two-RBI single in the first frame versus Illinois and added a third run in the third on a sacrifice fly to center field. The Lady Blues scored one in the second, but Meredith's defense stranded three runners on base to hold on to the lead. One more Illinois run in the fifth held for a 3-2 Angels lead through the sixth, as Charley Cox was left on base in the top of the frame.

The Avenging Angels left two runners on base in the seventh, and Lady Blue Lee Hall launched a ball deep to center scoring three to end the game.

Taylor Jackson faced just two batters, including Hall, to earn her third loss on the year. Myah Morse pitched the first three innings, and Payton Aldridge relieved Morse in the fourth for her third career appearance. Illinois' Mariah Hedges pitched a complete game for the win allowing nine Angel hits with two earned runs.

Game 2
Meredith opened with an unearned run in the nightcap, but Renee LeClair's two-run homer in the second edged WPI into the lead. The Engineers scored one more before the Angels were able to get out of the inning with three runners stranded.

With two outs on the board in the bottom of the frame, the Avenging Angels loaded the bases and scored back-to-back unearned to even the score. Both teams scored one more before the Angels opened up the game in the bottom of the fourth.

Meredith batted through the lineup in the fourth, scoring five on three hits and a pair of WPI errors. In the fifth Brittany Bucklin scored Kelsey Mabe on a two-out single, and Sarah Watson scored next with a hit from Annunziata. Artigues' emptied the bases with her walk-off to end the game early in favor of the Angels.

Jackson recovered to earn a five-inning victory with four earned runs on three hits, nine walks, and a strikeout. WPI's Nicole Kuberka faced all but four Meredith batters for her first loss on the season.

The Avenging Angels wrap up their time in Florida tomorrow with games versus Montclair St. and Aurora. First pitch for Meredith is slated for 11:15 a.m. with the Red Hawks. Connect to a live video option HERE.