SALEM, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team came out victorious in three-straight games to earn a trip to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship. With the wins, the Marlins improve to 42-3 on the season.
GAME 1: VWU - 6 RMC - 5
Suffering their only regular season loss to the Yellow Jackets, the Marlins knew this would be a tough game. VWU got on the board first as Katelyn Biando knocked in Kiersten Richardson from third. Julia Sinnett would double up the lead in the following frame as she homered over the left field fence.
Randolph-Macon ran it back though, taking a 3-2 lead going into the fourth. Howerin would put the Marlins back up in the bottom of the inning as she singled to score Beth Ford and Kiersten Richardson.
The lead would change once again going into the the seventh frame as the Yellow Jackets put up two more, taking a 5-4 lead. Back against the wall, freshman Biando stepped up as she singled up the middle to score Madison Glaubke.
The Marlins sealed up the game in the eighth as Maria Weddle was placed on second to start the frame and made it home on an error by the first basemen.
Hanna Hull picked up the the win in the circle, tossing all eight innings and striking out seven.
GAME 2: VWU - 4 EMU - 2
In another elimination game, the Marlins found themselves down as the Royals tacked on the game's first two runs. The didn't phase them though as they used four hits to drive in four runs in the fifth. Biando got it going with a single that plated Glaubke. One batter later, Jessica Lindsay singled to drive home Howerin.
Carla Hall manned the circle for VWU, pitching a complete game and keeping her record spotless (9-0).
GAME 3: VWU - 4 LYNCHBURG - 2
Facing elimination yet again, the Marlins did not back down. The squad opened up the scoring, plating all four of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Glaubke opened up the side with a lead off single. Glaubke followed it up with another single and both runners were moved up a base after a Biando groundout. Lindsay then finished the job, putting a ball into right field that allowed both runners to reach home.
The Marlins would load the bases that same frame and with two outs, Beth Ford sent a ball into left that would bring home two.
Hull held the Hornets hitless until the seventh as they put up two but the Marlins shut any hope of a comeback down.
Softball will now square off against Emory & Henry in the Championship tilt on Sunday. First pitch of that tilt will take place at 1 p.m.