DANVILLE, Va. -- The host Averett Cougars shut out Meredith College in Wednesday's USA South softball doubleheader, leaving the Angels still without a win in conference play.
The Meredith defense managed AU through the first two innings. In the first with runners on second and third, Sarah Gundlach struck out the next batter to end the inning unscathed. Rachel Peel returned to action and recorded Meredith's first hit in the second, and the Avenging Angels defense held another Averett runner on third for a scoreless two frames.
Meredith struggled to get out of the batters box in the third, and the Cougars scored two in the bottom of the frame on four singles and an outfield throwing error. A pair of singles in the fourth led to the Cougars once again on second and third, and an infield misstep allowed both to score for a 4-0 Averett advantage.
A lead-off double in the bottom of five led to a pitching change for the Avenging Angels, bringing Payton Aldridge to the circle to finish out the game. The defense continued to struggle, allowing AU to score once more on a pair of infield errors.
Kelsey Mabe doubled on Hannah Thompson in the sixth, and Madison Hamilton backed her up with a base on balls. But both Angels were left on base at the end of the frame. Aldridge held the Cougars in the sixth, but Meredith managed only a walk from Peel in the seventh to finish out with a loss.
Gundlach earned just one of the four runs scored in the 10 hits on her watch, and Aldridge allowed one hit with one unearned run scored in two innings pitched. Thompson earned her 10th win for the Cougars, striking out six Angels and walking two with a pair of hits.
Kaity Sullivan claimed the Averett win in the nightcap, allowing just three Meredith hits while striking out three. Aldridge pitched a complete game with 10 hits, five earned runs, and a pair of strikeouts to her credit.
Charley Cox recorded a pair of singles in the fourth and sixth innings, and rookie Emily Velazquez advanced on a hit to second in the fifth frame. Anna Goldman won her battle for a walk in the fourth.
The Avenging Angels return to their home field this weekend for a pair of league play days beginning with Mary Baldwin Saturday at 1 p.m. The Salem Spirits arrive Sunday for a Noon doubleheader.