No. 1 Marlins Down EMU in Doubleheader
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan College defeated Eastern Mennonite University in both ends of an ODAC softball doubleheader on Tuesday.
Game 1: 10-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory (6 innings)
Hanna Hull (18-1) worked five innings, allowing only two Royal hits while striking out 10 batters in a 10-0 victory. Alana Peters pitched one perfect inning of relief to seal the victory for her squad.
Blake Henderson wasted no time in getting the scoring going when she belted a home run to left field in the top of the first inning that scored Liz Bailey to go up 2-0. With two outs in the top of the second inning, Kaylah Duplain added a solo blast to push the lead to 3-0 for the Marlins.
Kiersten Richardson led off the third inning with a double and then came around to score on a two-out ground-rule double by Henderson.
Hull then answered in the bottom of the third by striking out the side.
The Marlins put up five runs in the sixth inning to put the game away. The Marlins were able to take advantage of two EMU errors and a Cassetty Howerin two-RBI double to stretch their lead to 10.
Lauren Seale (10-4) allowed five earned runs and seven hits through 3.1 innings to take the loss for the Royals.
Virginia Wesleyan needed an extra inning, but was able to sweep the Royals (21-9/9-9) to claim the regular season ODAC title and top seed in the upcoming ODAC tournament.
The Marlins were winning 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Eastern Mennonite's Sydney Reath hit a three-run home run to tie the game up at four.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Richardson singled through the left side, which plated LeAnn Adkins for the go-ahead run. The next batter, Bailey singled which scored Madison Glaubke. Howerin hit a sacrifice fly to plate Beth Ford to put the Marlins up three. To close out the scoring, Amanda Archer walked with the bases loaded, which allowed Richardson to score.
Hanna Hull (19-1) got the win in 1.1 innings of relief work allowing two hits, one run, while striking out two. Courtney Wright went 6.2 innings allowing three runs while striking out two. None of the Royal runs were earned.
Howerin, Jessica Lindsay, and Glaubke all had doubles on the day to pace the Marlin offense. Richardson, Bailey, Howerin, Archer, Duplain, Glaubke, and Ford all added to the RBI total for VWC.
No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan (35-1/16-0) returns to action on Saturday at Lynchburg College for an ODAC doubleheader starting at 1:30 p.m.