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Softball Sweeps Rival Pacers

Erica Occena

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College softball moves to 8-4 in USA South action with a pair of wins over rival William Peace, 9-1 and 5-2. Erica Occena led the Avenging Angel with six hits, three RBI on the day.

Game 1
Meredith opened the day with a RBI-single from Sarah Watson in the first and four more and all unearned in the fifth for a 5-1 lead.

After stranding a pair of runs in the sixth, the Angels drove four more home in the seventh to extend the lead. Bryce Smith walked in the first, Brittany Bucklin advanced home on a wild pitch, and Occena scored Smith and Julia Allsbrook on a double.

Taylor Jackson and the Meredith defense held off three pinch hitters in the bottom of the frame to secure the win.

Jackson faced all 28 WPU batters, allowing four hits with one earned run, two walks and four strikeouts for her ninth season win.

Kelsey Mabe and Smith joined Occena with doubles, and Smith earned a trio of walks, scoring twice. Watson and Mabe posted two hits apiece, and Haley Ervin scored twice.

Game 2
The Angels maintained a steady momentum with one run apiece in each of the first three innings of game two. Watson scored Mabe in the first, and Rachel Peel notched a RBI-single in the second. Allsbrook earned a two-out RBI-single in the third to give the Avenging Angels a 3-0 lead, but Peace responded with a RBI in the bottom of the frame. WPU loaded the bases with the next two batters, but Myah Morse's defense backed her up to leave all three runs unscored.

A solo Pacer home run in the sixth pulled WPU to within one. Annunziata led off in the seventh with her second double of the game and she advanced home on another Peel single. Madison Hamilton entered to run for Peel, and Occena drove her home to finish off the eventual win.

Morse earned the win with two earned runs, three walks, striking out three. Kelsey Durham picked up her fifth loss for the Pacers.

Meredith Head Coach Kim Scavone and her team will honor nine seniors during Sunday's non-conference doubleheader versus the Saint Andrews Knights.