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The Stetson softball team (1-3) split on day two of the Stetson Lead-Off Classic, falling to South Carolina 14-4 in game one before defeating Michigan State 6-1 in game two.

Sophomore Demi Mezi hit a home run in each game to bring her season total to three.

Meredith Owen (1-1) pitched a complete game against Michigan State to earn her first win of the season.  She allowed one run on seven hits, she struck out six and did not walk a batter.

"I thought we hit the ball well at times and progressed as the weekend went on," Stetson head coach Frank Griffin said.  "We finally put together a game where the defense looked better, we still had two errors, but we got a good performance out of (Meredith)."

Meza went 3-for-7 on the day with two home runs and five RBI.  She hit a three-run home run against South Carolina and recorded an RBI single and a solo blast against Michigan State.

"Honestly I struggled a lot on the fall, and coach Griffin has been working with me on my stride and how I shouldn't take a deep step," Meza said.  "We've been working it out and it showed this weekend.

"We were due for a win," Meza added.  "We didn't play well in the first three games, but we were hitting and we finally made solid contact (against Michigan State)."

Freshman Jessica Griffin also hit her first career home run in game one and added an RBI single in game two.

Defensively, Courtney Brandt had an unusually busy night in right field.  The Hatter sophomore threw out one runner at third base, made a diving catch while crashing into the fence, and recorded a putout on the infield after a long run down play.  Fellow outfielders Chelsea Whalley and Chrissy Morello also assisted on the 7-4-3-8-9 putout.  

Meza and Whalley were named to the Lead-Off Classic all-tournament team. 

"I see a lot of things we need to work on, and we are going to get to work on it on Monday," Frank Griffin said.

The Hatters will play South Carolina again next Friday in the first of three games at the UCF / Holiday Inn Express Invitational in Orlando.

All-Tournament Team:
Michigan State - Kylene Hopkins, Sarah Bowling
South Carolina - Samie Garcia, Alaynie Page
Stetson - Demi Meza, Chelsea Whalley


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