RALEIGH, N.C. -- Three Meredith College student-athletes earned USA South softball honors as announced Thursday from the conference office. Junior Bryce Smith, rookie Sarah Gundlach, and sophomore Madison Hamilton were named.
Smith earned her first All-Conference award as an East Division second team honoree. She leads the Avenging Angels with a .327 hitting percentage, .381 on base percentage, .409 slugging percentage, 34 hits, 19 RBIs, and eight walks. She tallied 94 putouts and 27 assists with just four missteps with most games this season played behind the plate.
Meredith's Gundlach also earned East Division second team honors for Meredith. She started 19 games in her freshman season inside the circle with 23 appearances, including 13 complete games pitched. Her 2.33 earned run average ranks seventh among all USA South pitchers, recording the fifth-highest innings pitched with 120.1 and the fifth-most wins with 12.
Hamilton earned USA South All-Sportsmanship recognition. In addition to her positive leadership for the Avenging Angels, Hamilton recorded 25 hits with nine RBIs, including a team-high five doubles. She scored 13 runs, walked on six occasions with five stolen bases. Along with Smith, Hamilton played in all 35 games this spring, recording 42 putouts with 66 assists at third base.
The Avenging Angels entered the USA South Softball Tournament Thursday as the East Division six-seed and headed to Rocky Mount for a first-round doubleheader versus the East's top-seed N.C. Wesleyan Bishops. The winner of a best-of-three series will advance to next weekend's double-elimination tournament at the league's Spring Festival in LaGrange, Georgia.