LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The East sixth-seed Meredith College softball team's storied USA South Tournament run ended early with a 9-1, five-inning loss to the West third-seed Huntingdon Hawks Saturday. Kelsey Mabe scored unearned early in the first as Meredith's only run on the day.
Meanwhile, the Hawks scored three in the third off a pair of RBI-singles and a sac-fly. Huntingdon added six more in the fifth to end the game early to advance.
Meredith placed two runners on base in the second with singles from Anna Goldman and Alyssa Drake but left both on base. No movement in the third followed with a new Hawk pitcher in the fourth. Madison Hamilton hit a single through the left side but did not move beyond first.
Emily Velazquez led off in the fifth with a hit to left, and Mabe moved the runner with an infield single. Huntingdon finished off the Avenging Angels with a pair of forced outs in the next at-bats and closed out the game in the bottom of the frame.
Sarah Gundlach earned her 12th loss as a rookie pitcher with the Angels. She allowed 13 hits, earned eight runs, and walked two, and Susanne Taylor closed out the fifth frame allowing two hits and one earned run in the final three Huntingdon at-bats. Madison Hunt garnered her 13th win for the Hawks, pitching the first three innings, and Lauren Melton closed out the final two.
Meredith's Head Coach Kim Scavone picked up her 100th USA South win earlier in the season and holds a .566 overall winning percentage with the Avenging Angels during her nine years with the program. Last weekend, the Angels came from behind to sweep the East top-seed N.C. Wesleyan Bishops, earning the chance to return to LaGrange. Such a unique journey was not lost on the MCSB players. Graduating just two in Charley Cox and Rachel Peel, Meredith will return strong again next year ready to play for another championship opportunity.