GREENSBORO, N.C. -- In Saturday's opening double header, the Meredith College softball Angels played well but dropped both. Guilford College won game one 8-5 and finished game two 6-5.
The Quakers opened the day with six runs in the first, but the Angels found their way to the scoreboard in the fourth. Kelsey Mabe led off with a base hit, and Bryce Smith earned a single RBI three batters later. Brie Caldwell took care of Guilford in the bottom of the frame, and freshman Tatum Smith led off with a homer to left center.
Mabe tripled in the sixth, and Anna Goldman drove her home with a sac-fly to center, but the Quakers added two more runs in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead back to five. In the top of seven, Alyssa Drake hit a two-out single to left, and Emily Velazquez earned the RBI with a double to center. Cecilia Coleman drove in Velazquez before Guilford's Katie McNeill closed out her second win from the pitcher's circle.
McNeill earned four of Meredith's five runs, striking out seven with as many hits. Sarah Gundlach opened for the Angels, earning all six opening runs before Caldwell entered in relief to close out the first inning. Caldwell earned two runs, walked two, and struckout one with a pair of hits.
Myah Morse pitched a complete game in the nightcap, holding the Quakers to five hits with help from her defense. She walked 10 and struck out five. Meredith's offense pushed Guilford to use three pitchers to claim a sweep, and McNeill collected pitched to the final two batters to eventually earn her second win on the day.
MCSB earned three hits and a walk before an RBI-double from Smith scored Goldman in the third to tie the game. A single from Susanne Taylor resulted in a second run to give the Angels a lead. Meredith held the Quakers until a pair of missteps led to another Guilford run to even the score at two apiece in the bottom of four.
A scoreless fifth followed with a two-RBI single from Mabe in the sixth. But the Quakers scored three more in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead. Velazquez drove in two unearned Avenging Angels in the seventh. But Guilford loaded the bases in the third and Natalie Conrad drove in the winning run on a single up the middle for the win.
MCSB hits the road tomorrow for a pair of games versus two-time national champion Virginia Wesleyan. The first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. with live coverage available HERE.