RALEIGH, N.C. -- Thursday afternoon, the young Meredith College Avenging Angels hosted their second nationally ranked team in the eighth-ranked Christopher Newport Captains. CNU swept the Angels with a six-inning, 13-4 win in game one, followed by a 3-0 victory to cap off the doubleheader.
Susanne Taylor started in the pitching circle for Meredith and handled the first round of Captains in the first. Christopher Newport followed suit versus MCSB in the bottom of the frame to return to the dugout. A seven-hit, six-run second frame demonstrated the offensive prowess of the visitors, complete with a solo homer and a pair of doubles.
Captain hurler Emily Weatherholtz struck out two Avenging Angels, and a line drive from Charley Cox fell into the left fielders glove in the bottom of the inning. Cox and Savannah Pierce completed a double play in the third to quickly move the Angels back to the plate, and Pierce led off the frame with a single. Madison Hamilton pushed Pierce to the corner with a double to center, and Kelsey Mabe drove in both runners with a hard hit single to center field.
CNU's Grace Wild recorded an RBI-triple in the fourth, and another six-run inning in the sixth extended Christopher Newport's lead to 13. Meredith rallied in the bottom of the inning on a two-RBI home run from Bryce Smith, but the defense handled every strategic move from Head Coach Kim Scavone.
Taylor recorded the loss, allowing seven hits with six earned runs, striking out two, and Payton Aldridge earned three runs in six innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
A two-RBI home run put the Captains on the board early in game two, and Meredith's first hit came in the third on a single from Taylor. A second dinger from Bailey Roberts advanced that lead, but the Angels struggled to respond. In the top of five, Alyssa Drake threw home to Rachel Peel to catch the lead runner and hold Christopher Newport. Emily Velazquez relayed a throw to Hamilton at third through Cox from the right center fence to prevent another CNU run.
The Avenging Angels loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning but were unable to score. Meredith held CNU in the seventh but relief pitcher Trish Webb finished off a pair of pinch hitters to end the day.
Rookie Sarah Gundlach threw her first complete game allowing three earned runs on eight hits with two walks, striking out one. Aubrey Bates earned the win for CNU, striking out six Angels and allowing just two hits, and Webb recorded the save.
Meredith opens their six-game spring break tour Monday in Winter Haven, FL, versus Salve Regina and Arcadia. Follow available live action HERE.