RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Meredith College softball Angels wrapped up the 2019 regular season with a 7-5 victory over William Peace in game one of Sunday's USA South doubleheader. The Pacers closed out the regular season with a 7-1 finish in game two. Seniors Charley Cox and Rachel Peel were recognized before the first pitch.
William Peace scored first with a lead off home run in the first inning, and Kelsey Mabe moved the Angels in front in the second with a two-out, line-drive double scoring two. Charley Cox followed with an RBI-single, and Bryce Smith kept the rally going with a single up the middle before WPU closed out the inning down 3-1.
In the fourth the Pacers regained control of the game 4-3 on a three-run hit from WPU's Candice Smith, but Mabe finally ended the frame on a throw to first from her knees for out three.Pea
Meredith returned to the lead in the bottom of the frame on a slap from Mabe to score Emily Valezquez, followed by a Cox single that scored Mabe. A scoreless fifth brought Nadia Pittman to the plate for a double to right center, and a single from Emily Puckett put Pacers on the corners with two outs. Right fielder Anna Goldman finished off the frame on a fly ball.
WPU's Skylar Conklin stole a line drive from Cox to lead off the bottom of the inning, but Taylor advanced to first with a ball in the gap between second and right. Hamilton crushed her hit over the center fielder's head, scoring Taylor for a 6-4 Meredith advantage. And Alyssa Drake lined a single in between short and third to score Hamilton before the WPU first baseman ended the inning with a 7-4 Angels lead.
Sarah Gundlach struck out the first and last Pacer batter to end the game in favor of Meredith.
Gundlach earned her 11th career victory allowing 11 hits with four earned runs, striking out seven, and Danielle Hunt earned five of Meredith's runs in her sixth loss. Liliana Berber earned the other two pitching 2.2 innings for the Pacers.
After a rain delay game two started with an uneventful first inning. Wiliam Peace scored two in the second, but pitcher Payton Aldridge threw out Puckett at first to strand three Pacers.
Taylor led off with a double in the bottom of the frame, Goldman moved the runner to the corner, but both runners were left unscored. WPU scored their third run unearned in the third, but Meredith responded with their own unearned run in the bottom of the frame. Mabe advanced on a triple hit deep into center and scored on an overthrow from first in the next at-bat.
Peace added a fourth run on a sac-fly in the fifth and closed out the win with three more runs in the seventh.
Aldridge earned the loss for the Meredith pitching the first five innings, and Gianna Buccellato entered in relief for her eighth appearance with the Avenging Angels. Kelsey Durham pitched the complete game for WPU in her sixth win on the season.
The Avenging Angels now gear up for USA South Tournament action heading to N.C. Wesleyan as the East Division sixth-seed to face off with the top-seed Bishops. The first two games of the three-game series are slated for Friday, April 19 in Rocky Mount, and the winner will advance to the double-elimination action set for LaGrange, Ga., the following weekend.