No. 1 Marlins to Host No. 13 Kean in Super Regional

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Photo by: Jerry Sprouse - jerrysprouse.photoreflect.com

No. 1 Marlins to Host No. 13 Kean in Super Regional

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 1-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College softball team will host its first-ever NCAA Super Regional on Friday and Saturday as No. 13 Kean University ventures south for tournament action.

The Marlins (46-2) emerged victorious in the Ashland Regional after going 3-0 by a combined score of 17-0. Virginia Wesleyan downed Franklin & Marshall, Averett, and Randolph-Macon to claim the first regional victory in program history.

Hanna Hull (27-2) started all three games in the circle, throwing all but one inning. She struck out 30 opposing batters, helping her own cause by going 3-for-8 (.375) at the plate, to earn Most Outstanding Player honors.

Madison Glaubke was an important factor in the Ashland Regional, batting .500 with a home run, two runs scored, four RBI, and three steals.

The team batted .307 as a squad in Ashland while hitting four home runs, resulting in a .533 slugging percentage.

Hull leads the nation in wins and is second in ERA (0.48) and strikeouts (305). She is the first ODAC pitcher to top 300 strikeouts in a season.

Kean (36-8) missed the NCAA Tournament in 2016, but has a lot of experience at this level. The Cougars have appeared in 10 national tournaments, advancing to the College World Series in 1986 and 2015.

The Cougars went 3-1 to claim the Union Regional crown, going 2-1 against No. 11 Christopher Newport in the process.

Shannon McMahon (25-3, 1.32 ERA) leads the squad in the circle. She went 3-1 with a 2.00 ERA in regional play, striking out eight in 28 innings. McMahon is second in the nation in wins, trailing only Hull of Virginia Wesleyan.

Emily Sabo is a dangerous hitter for the Cougars. The NJAC Player of the Year is ninth in Division III in batting average (.516), and hit .667 (10-for-15) in the Union Regional to earn Most Outstanding Player honors.

Cayleen Rizo batted .313 with two home runs, three RBI, and five runs scored in Union.

The first game of the Virginia Beach Super Regional will be Friday at 4 p.m. with game two scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. The if-needed game in best-of-three series will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Live stats and live video will be made available on the regional website at the link below. Fans will also be able to find information about each team, press releases, and information regarding tickets and parking.

Virginia Beach Super Regional Tournament Website