ASHLAND, Va. -- Blake Henderson had a near-perfect day with the bat Tuesday during Virginia Wesleyan College's softball sweep at Randolph-Macon College.
The Virginia Wesleyan sophomore from Virginia Beach (Ocean Lakes)did hit 4-for-4 in the first game against the Yellow Jackets, helping the No. 11 Marlins to a 9-1 win. The possibility of a perfect day at the plate ended with her first at-bat in the second game when she popped up, but that was followed by two hits and walk in her other at-bats in the game as she helped VWC to a 7-3 win for the sweep in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader.
Henderson's 6-for-7 showing, with four runs-batted-in, was just part of a strong afternoon with the bats for the Marlins (14-2, 4-2), who outhit the host team 28-9 overall. Rookie Cassety Howerin (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) contributed with a 5-for-7 showing, with a double, and juniors Kayla Malkos (Roanoke/Cave Spring) and Courtney Bogan (Round Hill/Woodgrove)were both 4-for-8. Malkos connected for two hits in each game, highlighted by a double, triple and four RBI in the first game.
Virginia Wesleyan never trailed in either game, as hitting helped to create leads and solid pitching helped to keep the Marlins in front. Senior Kristina Karagiorgis (Ashburn/Briarwoods)allowed just two hits in the opener, while striking out 10 batters. The victory was the seventh in a row for Karagiorgis, who improved to 7-2 and her current earned run average to 0.51.
Junior Mary Shipp (Virginia Beach/First Colonial) improved to 6-2 in the pitching circle after helping the Marlins to the win in the second game. She fanned two batters and scattered seven hits.
Virginia Wesleyancontinues ODAC competition on Saturday, March 28, hosting the WildCats of Randolph College. The Marlins will also host the Hornets of Shenandoah University on Sunday, March 29. Both doubleheaders begin at 1 p.m.