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Softball Angels Cap Off Spring Games with Split

Savannah Pierce at bat

LEESBURG, Fla. -- The Meredith College softball Avenging Angels capped of The Spring Games with a 6-5 win over the Olivet Comets, followed by a five-inning 11-0 loss to Coe College.

vs. Olivet
Meredith opened strong versus Olivet with a pair of singles from Madison Hamilton and Tatum Smith. Bryce Smith notched her fourth double of the season and second this week, scoring Hamilton, and Anna Goldman scored both runners with a hit down the left field line to give the Angels a 3-0 advantage.

Led by starting pitcher Myah Morse, the Angels defense held up the Comet with bases loaded in the bottom of the frame. But Olivet loaded the bases again in the second inning, and Danielle Erickson drove in all three runners with a homer to the left center for a 4-3 OC advantage.

MCSB's Kelsey Mabe responded in the third with a lead-off single, advancing to third and joined by Hamilton and Smith to load the bases. An error during Bryce Smith's at-bat advanced the runners, and Hamilton scored. Rachel Johnson drove in Tatum Smith to shift the lead back in favor of Meredith. But Olivet tied the game in the bottom of the frame with help from an infield error.

After two scoreless innings, Brie Caldwell drilled her second double of the week in the top of the sixth to rally the Avenging Angels. Emily Velazquez moved Caldwell to third on a hit to left, and Savannah Pierce scored the game winning run with an RBI-single to right field.

Entering in relief in the second inning, Caldwell earned the win for MCSB, allowing three hits with no earned runs and one strike out. Erickson recorded the loss for Olivet, allowing 12 hits with four earned runs.

vs. Coe
The Avenging Angels struggled to defend the Hawks bats in the afternoon game. With 11 hits and nine RBIs, Coe kept the Angels at a distance from the first stanza. And Meredith's four defensive errors did not help.

Velazquez notched a two-out single in the second inning, and Bryce Smith drilled another double to center in the fourth. But the Avenging Angels left all runners stranded in the five-inning shutout.

Emily Clemmons earned the loss for Meredith, while Gianna Buccellato saw her first moments in the circle this season. And Hannah Weigle closed out the final inning in her fifth appearance this spring.

Meredith is slated to host the LaGrange Panthers Saturday afternoon in a 1 p.m. doubleheader, but Sunday's games versus Huntingdon have been cancelled. With the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and impact on campus events, follow https://www.meredith.edu/coronavirus for the college announcements.