MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- A no-hitter by senior All-American Kristina Karagiorgis and a one-hitter by junior Mary Shipp helped No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan College to a 2-0 start in the Snowbird Softball tournament at Grand Park.
Karagiorgis (Ashburn/Briarwoods) and Shipp (Virginia Beach/First Colonial) shut down the Golden Eagles of St. Joseph's College of Long Island and the Panthers of the College of Old Westbury in back-to-back five-inning games. The Marlins posted a 10-0 victory over St. Joseph's and followed with an 8-0 decision over Old Westbury.
Karagiorgis came within one batter of posting a perfect game against St. Joseph's (2-6), as she walked the Eagles' leadoff hitter in the first inning. Karagiorgis faced only 15 batters after that and improved to 2-2 in the circle. Shipp produced a very similar effort as she faced only 17 batters and improved to 4-0.
VWC connected for 14 hits against SJC, led by juniorKayla Dost(Bristow/Nokesville Brentsville), who was 4-for-4, with a pair of doubles. The Marlins scored at least one run in every inning but the second, and put the game away with a six-run fifth. Blake Henderson (Virginia Beach/Ocean Lakes), Kayla Malkos(Roanoke/Cave Spring), and Brittney Jackson(Aylett/King William) all hit consecutive singles to start the fifth for the Marlins.
Hitting continued for the Marlins against Old Westbury, as VWC knocked out 12 hits, including two doubles from rookie Teresa Cardamone (Herndon/Chantilly) and a double each from sophomore Liz Bailey (Chesapeake/Greenbrier Christian) and rookie Allison Heitsman (Littleton, Colo./D'Evelyn). Juniors Taylor Galvin (Virginia Beach/Kempsville), rookie Megan Meindl (Chesterfield/Cosby) and Dost all recorded two hits each.
Virginia Wesleyan ended a scoreless game with a four-run fourth inning. Cardamone and Heitsman both doubled in the inning to help the Marlins take control for good.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Sunday, March 15, taking on Old Westbury at 11:30 a.m. and Rutgers University-Newark at 3:30 p.m.