VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball shut out Roanoke twice Sunday afternoon at TowneBank Park (Tom & Betty Broyles Field). The squad dropped the Maroons, 2-0, in game one before shutting them down 8-0 in the second game. With the wins, the Marlins improve to 31-2 overall and 13-1 in conference action. Before the game, the Marlins also recognized their two members of the senior class, Beth Ford and Jessica Lindsay, for their dedication to the program over their years at VWU.
GAME 1: VWU – 2 RC – 0
Hanna Hull delivered another gem of a game in this defensive battle, holding Roanoke hitless across the entire seven innings en route to her fifth career no-hitter and her second of the season. The junior punched out 16 batters from the circle putting her just 19 away from 1,000 career strikeouts.
With some excellent help from Hull, all the Marlins had to do was put a run on the board, which did not come until the fourth inning. Julia Sinnett led the side off with a single to left. One batter later, Jessica Goldyn rocketed a ball to the fence. Sinnett made it home but as Goldyn was hustling to third, she got in the way of the throw. The throw went high and Goldyn was able to make it home, giving the Marlins a pair of runs. Sinnett's run was waived off though, the umpire deeming it interference.
Up just 1-0, the Marlins were able to add an insurance run in the sixth. Madison Glaubke earned first on a walk and was driven all the way home as Sinnett smacked a triple to right.
GAME 2: VWU – 8 RC – 0 (5 Inn.)
Runs came a little easier for the Marlins in this run, scoring at least one every inning. Goldyn kicked things off with a bunt single and then proceeded to steal both second and third. She would then be driven home by a Sinnett single.
The team added three more runs in the bottom of the second. McKenzie Watts led off with a walk and then stole second. A Beth Ford double would bring her home and then the senior was knocked in with a Goldyn triple one batter later. With Goldyn on third, Sinnett hit a deep fly ball to center, but it would go down as a sacrifice as Goldyn scored.
Three more runs for the home side came in the third. Kaylah Duplain led off with a double and was moved to third on a Ford single. She would then make it home on an error by the catcher. Maria Weddle then singled to right, scoring Duplain. After Weddle stole second, Goldyn would pick up another RBI with a single up the middle.
The final run would come in the fourth by way of a funky infield play. Nicole Lucia popped one out to the pitcher and was ruled out on an infield fly. The pitcher muffed the catch though and that allowed Glaubke to get home on the error.
Carla Hall pitched consistanly for all 5.0 innings, earning her her 10th win of the year. The sophomore allowed just one hit while striking out four.
Softball returns to action again at 2 p.m. on Friday as the Marlins host Shenandoah for a doubleheader.