RALEIGH, N.C. -- As Meredith College Head Coach Kim Scavone celebrated her nine seniors on Senior Day, the softball team put together a pair of non-conference wins over the St. Andrews Knights, 2-0 and 9-5. Today's fourteen hits, 10 RBI, 42 putouts, 11 assists, and nine strikeouts demonstrate a glimpse of the impact from the class of 2018.
Taylor Jackson pushed the pace of game one with eight strikeouts over six innings. The Avenging Angels finally put a run on the board in the third as Katie Kepley opened with a walk. Erica Occena moved Kepley to second, who then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Haley Ervin outran a throw to first to score the run.
The same lineup led the sixth as Occena advanced on a single. She stole second, and Sarah Watson drove in Occena with a hit down the right field line to secure the win.
Jackson allowed two hits with no earned runs in her 10th win on the season and 46th career. St. Andrews Knight S.K Brown recorded the loss with two earned runs on four hits with two walks, striking out three.
Both teams turned up the offense in game two for a combined 21 hits and 13 RBI. The Knights loaded the bases in the first scoring one on a single and the second on a two-out RBI-walk.
In the bottom of the frame Ervin and Watson both singled, and Maria Annunziata loaded the bases with help from an infield misstep. Eran Artigues walked in the first run, and Brittany Bucklin cleared the bases on a grand slam over the left center fence.
St. Andrews scored two over the next three innings, before the Angels returned for three more runs. Meredith loaded the bases for a pair of RBI walks from Annunziata and Bucklin, and Julia Allsbrook's single scored a third.
Each team drove in one more run before Jackson returned to the circle to close out the game for the win.
Myah Morse started in the circle, earning three runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Payton Aldridge entered in relief to face 11 batters for two runs, one walk, striking out three. Nancy Amos earned the loss for the Knights.
The Avenging Angels host rival William Peace Wednesday afternoon in a midweek doubleheader. These final home games of the regular season will not reflect in conference records. Follow live video and live stats HERE.