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Softball Struggles to Keep Pace in Day Two of Sun Kissed Games

Meredith softball dugout

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- In Wednesday's day-two of the Sun Kissed Games, the Meredith College softball Angels struggled to keep pace with their opponents. The Montclair State Red Hawks finished off Meredith 7-2, and Aurora University jumped out early for a 5-0 victory over the Avenging Angels.

vs. MSU
Montclair scored four runs before the Angels stepped up in the fourth with two of their own. Haley Ervin and Sarah Watson recorded a pair of hits and advanced to second and third for a two-RBI single from Eran Artigues.

But the Red Hawks responded in the fifth with three runs on three hits and three Meredith errors to spread the gap for good.

Montclair notched 13 hits on the day with Kaylee Powers and Valentina Cucci leading with three apiece.

Taylor Jackson took the loss for Meredith earning just two of MSU's seven runs. She struck out three, walked one, and allowed six hits. Rookie Emily Clemmons made her second appearance for the Angels to face 21 Red Hawks. Clemmons allowed seven hits for one earned run with one strikeout.

Montclair's Nicole Majewski claimed the win earning both runs, and Kayla Volante entered in relief in the fifth to close out the game.

vs. Aurora
The Spartans jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the first with four runs on five hits and help from three Meredith errors.

Other than a one-out single from Ervin in the first frame, the Avenging Angels struggled at the plate through the first three innings. A leadoff hit from Ervin in the fourth kicked off a flurry of activity with Watson and Maria Annunziata chipping in with singles through the left side. But the defense ended the rally early.

With one last chance in the seventh, Watson led off with a walk, but Spartan Hannah Tomasko struck out the next two Angels. Artigues moved Watson to the corner with a double to left, but Aurora finished off the game in the next at bat.

Ervin went two-for-two to lead the Avenging Angels, and the Spartans played a clean game in the field with four RBI from four different players.

Payton Aldridge recorded her first start as a rookie and pitched a complete game for the Angels. Tomasko struck out eight en route to her second win on the season.