Cooke's Walk Off Home Run Gives Meredith Sweep Over Methodist
Raleigh, N.C. - The Meredith softball team swept the Methodist Monarchs on Tuesday afternoon in a USA South match up. The two victories were the first sweep of the Monarchs by the Avenging Angels in the USA South and Meredith is currently on a eight game winning streak, six in the USA South. Emily Cooke's walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh of game two sealed the deal for Meredith. Meredith (24-8, 10-4 USA South) is now currently in second place and await an important home stand as Shenandoah and Christopher Newport visit this Friday and Saturday.
Game One: Meredith 6, Methodist 5 - The Monarchs (23-12, 11-5) struck first in the top of the third as they scored one run to take the 1-0 lead. The Angels then avenged that run and added a few more as they put up three to take the 3-1 lead. Highlights included Alex Warren's walk that scored Sara Cranford and Amanda White's single to score Lorri Cole. A fielder's choice by the Monarchs allowed Warren to score. Meredith added another run in the fourth as Katelyn Whitehead singled to score Cooke. Methodist would add another in the top of the fifth, but once again Meredith added two of their own in the bottom of the inning to move to the 6-2 advantage. Ashley Green's triple scored pinch runner Tracy Kemp and Carrie Webster's single to center scored Green. The Monarchs last ditch effort in the top of the seventh only produced three runs as the Angels escaped with the 6-5 win. Jessica Dzeskewicz picked up the complete game win as she struck out five.
Game Two: Meredith 4, Methodist 3 - Meredith started with the runs early as the Avenging Angels put up three in the bottom of the first inning. Leah Friedman singled with one out to get on and Warren doubled down the left field line to score Friedman. White then followed that up with a triple to right field to score Warren. As Cole grounded out, White scored as she out ran the throw. The Monarchs would answer with single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to tie the game up at 3-all. The game remained deadlocked until the bottom of the seventh when Cooke's bomb to deep center field ended the game. Dzeskewicz (10-2) picked up the relief win in three innings work and her 10th on the year. Amanda Beirne pitched the first four innings and struck out two.
Meredith next hosts Shenandoah on Friday in a USA South double header with games at 1 and 3 p.m.