TUCSON, Az. - The Marlin offense played determined as the Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up another two wins at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on Saturday. THe squad downed #13 East Texas Baptist University, 10-2, before taking down Birmingham Southern College, 18-3, in the day's second game. With those two victories, the team's record is now 12-0 on the year.
GAME 1: VWU 10 ETBU 2 (5 inn.)
It did not take long for the Marlins to break on to the scoreboard as a a Cassetty Howerin double in the opening frame drove home Kiersten Richardson from second. One batter later, Amy Large sent one over the right field fence, plating three and giving VWU an early 4-0 lead.
After scoring two more on errors in the second, the team added another three in the bottom of the third. Kerrigan Simpson opened the frame with a base on balls and was immediately driven home as Jessica Lindsay homered in the next at-bat. Richardson would tack on one more with a single through the left side that scored Julia Sinnett from third.
An insurance run on a Lindsay sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the fourth ensured that the game ended in five innings, Marlins over Tigers 10-2.
Hanna Hull got another win on the rubber, striking out five batters through 4.0 innings. Carla Hull took over in the top of the fifth to finish out the game.
GAME 2: VWU - 18 BSC - 3 (6 inn.)
It was an offensive onslaught in this matchup as the Marlins tagged 20 hits in just six innings, 11 of which went for extra bags. In the opening Stanza, Howerin got things going with a two-run shot over the right field fence. Sinnett would increase the lead to three later in the inning, with an RBI single. The following inning, Howerin did it again, crushing another ball over the right field fence to put two more on the board.
In the third frame, it was freshman Daja Burgee's turn as she led off with a home run to increase the lead to 6-0. Three more runs would be plated before the side's finish, including RBI doubles from Richardson and Beth Ford and a Madison Glaubke sac fly. Over the next two innings the Marlins slowed just a tad, only recording one run on a Maria Weddle RBI single.
To close out the game, the Marlins' bats exploded, putting eight runs on the board to seal up the win and keep the squads record unblemished.
Softball gets right back into things on Sunday as the Marlins take on the University of Rochester followed by a contest against #9 Texas Lutheran.