RALEIGH, N.C. -- In Saturday's USA South doubleheader Meredith College softball required nine innings in game one to down the Averett Cougars 8-7. But AU shut out the Avenging Angels 7-0 in game two to cap off the day.
Averett scored three runs in the first five innings, and the Angels left four runners stranded through four to trail the Cougars. In the bottom of the fifth, Rachel Peel doubled to left, and her pinch runner Alyssa Drake scored on a hit from Occena with help from an infield throwing error. Sarah Watson scored Occena to earn the RBI as the Angels trailed by one heading into the sixth.
Meredith handled the Cougars quickly with a double play, and Maria Annunziata led off in the bottom of the frame with a single to left. Eran Artigues launched a dinger over the left field fence to edge the Angels into the lead 4-3. Averett responded with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh to force the Angels to win at the plate.
Meredith loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a misstep from the Cougar infield, and Artigues sent the game into extra innings with a sacrifice fly to left.
The international tiebreaker rule placed a Cougar on second base, but Artigues caught a line drive from the leadoff batter for a double play. The Angels finished off with a third out to get out of the inning without harm but the Averett defense forced the game into the ninth frame.
AU scored the tiebreaker runner in the top of the inning and added a second with a two-out RBI-single. With the bases loaded, Meredith closed out the frame with a play at second.
Bryce Smith was placed on second for the Angels, and Watson moved the runner to third. Brittany Bucklin walked to load the bases, and Annunziata scored two on a single to left. Artigues recorded her fourth RBI of the game with a double to left field to end the game in favor of the Avenging Angels.
Taylor Jackson earned her sixth win earning four runs on nine hits with six walks and five strikeouts. Averett's Kaitlyn Aherron recorded the loss for the Cougars.
AU's defense limited Meredith to just three hits in the nightcap, and three Angel miscues enhanced Averett's efforts.
Myah Morse earned three of the Averett's four runs in the fifth to earn the loss, and Payton Aldridge faced the final 14 batters to close out the game. Cougar Dani Kahn posted her second win with the three-hit shutout.
Meredith hosts Greensboro Sunday in a Noon doubleheader to cap off the two-day home series. Both teams sit at .500 in USA South play and will battle for an edge heading into the second half of the league schedule.