No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan 6, Meredith 5
No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan 3, Meredith 1
RALEIGH, N.C. -- An undefeated record for Virginia Wesleyan remained intact after Tuesday's non-conference doubleheader at Meredith.
Sophomore saver Mary Shipp entered to pitch in a tense situation in the bottom of the second game. The host Avenging Angels had already cut VWC's 6-2 lead to 6-5 and had a runner at first base and no outs.
Shipp, who exhibited her skills several times during VWC's 2013 run through the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and NCAA tournaments, came up big once again for the Marlins. She struck out the first batter she faced, got a pop up for out two from the second batter, and drew a routine out with the third batter, who hit back to Shipp for the throw to first to end the game.
Not only was it the first save of the season for Shipp, but it also maintained Virginia Wesleyan's undefeated status as the Marlins recorded the 6-5 thriller to go along with a 3-1 win in the first game. The Marlins are now 6-0, while Meredith drops to 2-4.
VWC appeared to be headed to almost certain victory in the second game when the Marlins scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to increase their lead to 6-2. Sophomore Taylor Galvin led off the inning with a double. Meredith recorded back-to-back outs, but senior Megan Zahnd belted an RBI-single through the right side. Senior Tori Higginbotham singled to move Zahnd who scored when sophomore Kayla Malkos singled to right.
Meredith did not fold however, as Katlyn Johnson singled and Leah Friedman reached base on an error. Ashley Green stepped up to the plate and smashed a three-run home run that pulled the Angels within striking distance of a major win. After Amanda Whitedrew a walk, Shipp entered the game to pitch and that was where the rally ended for Meredith.