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Tough Opening Day for Softball Angels

Kelsey Mabe

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College softball Angels opened the season Friday facing a tough opponent in two-time defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan University. The Marlins posted a pair of five-inning wins over Meredith with a 15-0 score in game one and a 9-0 tally to close out the day.

With the Avenging Angels down four pitchers for various reasons, sophomore Myah Morse put up a strong fight as the starting pitcher in both games for a combined 6.4 innings. Junior transfer Gianna Buccellato closed out both games with 2.2 innings for the Angels.

Game 1 Highlights
Deep into the count Rachel Peel earned a double to the right center as the only hit for Meredith in game one.

Defensively, Kelsey Mabe caught a line drive and tossed to Charley Cox at second to get the Avenging Angels out of the first inning.

Game 2 Highlights
The Meredith bats were swinging early in game two, but center fielder Beth Ford managed the pressure, including a line drive to the fence from Peel. Alyssa Drake finally found a gap to left center field in the fourth inning. She made her way to third but was left stranded on the final out of the day.

In the top of three, Cox made a great catch on a fly ball hit just into the the grass by VWU catcher Makenzie Watts. And Mabe and Madison Hamilton held a strong line on the left side of the infield throughout the day.

Virginia Wesleyan's Julia Sinnett tallied five runs batted in and recorded a pair of doubles, while Danielle Stewart and Jessica Lindsay hit over a pair of homers, with Lindsay's scoring three.

Hanna Hull recorded the game one win for the Marlins, and Carla Hall earned the second.

Meredith's scheduled doubleheader with Shaw University this weekend was postponed due to the wet forecast, so MCSB will next compete February 23 at home versus Guilford.