WINCHESTER, Va. - The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team turned in another two wins as they didn't allow Shenandoah a single run during the sweep Sunday afternoon on the road. The Marlins collected a 7-0 victory in game one before earning a 12-0 shutout in game two. With the wins, VWU's record remains perfect at 34-0 and 12-0 in conference play. The Hornets drop to 11-21 on the season (2-12 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU - 7 SHEN - 0
Like they have done so often, the Marlins got off to a quick start as they plated three in the opening frame. Kiersten Richardson led off with a double and was move to third on a Madison Glaubke single. Cassetty Howerin would follow that with a single to score Richardson from third. In the next at-bat, Katelyn Biando doubled to score both runners.The next inning, the lead would move to 4-0 after a run was walked in.
In the fourth, Biando would collect another RBI as the freshman singled to score Beth Ford from third. Two frames later, Biando picked up her fourth RBI with another single. In the seventh, an Amanda Archer single would allow Jessica Lindsay to reach home, giving the Marlins their final run of the tilt.
In the circle, three VWU pitchers combined to no hit the Hornets. Hanna Hull tossed the first three innings, striking out six in the process. Alana Peters then came in for the next two, fanning three batters and picking up the win. Carla Hall would hurl the final two, punching out two.
GAME 2: VWU - 12 SHEN - 0 (6 Inn.)
It was another fast start as after as the Marlins went up 2-0 in the first inning. Glaubke got on base first with a walk and would be sent home on a Howerin triple. One batter later, Biando singled to double up the lead.
The Marlins then drove in single runs in the third, fourth and fifth to increase their lead to 5-0. Howerin singled in the third to drive home Glaubke from second and in the following inning a Julia Sinnett triple drove in Amy Large. Howerin then picked up a third RBI as she laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Richardson in the fifth.
VWU next seven runs all came in the top of the sixth. With two walks to start the inning, Sinnett singled to bring home Large from second. Richardson would then double to send home two and would cross the plate herself as Glaubke followed her at-bat with a single. The final three runs would come via a pair of doubles from Teresa Cardamone and Danielle Stewart.
Hull would pick up her 25th win of the year (25-0), tossing 4.0 innings and striking out four. Peters then came in to finish the contest, allowing just two hits over 2.0 innings.
Softball returns to action at 3 p.m. on Wednesday as the squad hosts Randolph-Macon in a crucial ODAC doubleheader.