SALEM, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up two more wins Friday afternoon as the squad swept Roanoke on the road. The Marlins captured a 1-0 victory in game one before earning a a 3-1 win in game two. With the wins, VWU remains unbeaten, posting a record of 6-0 in conference play and 26-0 overall. The Maroons slide to 16-12 on the year (3-3 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU - 1 ROANOKE - 0
A single run in the sixth was all that separated the VWU from Roanoke in the first tilt of the day. Kiersten Richardson got things going as she earned a base on balls with one out. She was then moved to second on a Madison Glaubke single to left. After a fielder's choice allowed Richardson to reach third, she was finally plated due to a Katelyn Biando single through the middle.
Hanna Hull had a terrific outing from the circle as she struck out 16 batters en route to a complete game win.
GAME 2: VWU - 3 ROANOKE - 1
It was a bit of a comeback effort as the Marlins found themselves down 1-0 through five innings of play. With the bases loaded in the top of the sixth though, Cassetty Howerin earned a walk to push home Beth Ford from third.
Later in the inning, with the score tied at 1-1, Jessica Lindsay rose up to the occasion, The junior, singled to right field, allowing both Madison Glaubke and Kiersten Richardson to reach home. This would be the eventual game-winning hit.
Carla Hull tossed the first 4.2 innings, allowing just the single run scored. Hull would close out the final 2.1, fanning three Maroon batters and earning the win.
Softball returns to action on April 7 as the team hosts to Emory & Henry for another ODAC doubleheader. This game will also be the team's annual Strikeout Cancer Game