No. 7 Virginia Wesleyan takes two from Emory & Henry

No. 7 Virginia Wesleyan takes two from Emory & Henry

EMORY, Va. -- Kristina Karagiorgis put together one of her strongest pitching and hitting efforts of the season on Saturday to help the No. 7 ranked Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins to sweep of the host Emory & Henry College Wasps in a Old Dominion Athletic Conference doublheader.

She hit 3-for-3, including a double, and drove in two runs in an 8-0 win in the opener, and came back in the second game to hit 2-for-2, helping the Marlins to complete the sweep with a 7-3 win over the Wasps.

More impressively, Karagiorgis (Ashburn/Briarwoods) fired her third no hitter and sixth shutout of the season in the opener, winning her 11th straight game and improving her season record to 12-2.  She faced only 21 batters in six innings, striking out 10 and walking four, before rookie Ilesh Burney (Bristol, Conn./Central) entered to finish.  Karagiorgis' effort in the circle improved her earned run average to 0.60 and increased her season strikeout total to 117.

Virginia Wesleyan (24-4, 14-2) rode a 1-0 lead through three innings in the first game, before creating some space with a two-run fourth, the later highlighted by a two-run Karagiorgis double.  The Marlins pulled away with a four-run fifth inning fueled by five hits, including a three-run home run to right field from rookie Cassety Howerin (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney). Junior Kayla Malkos (Roanoke/Cave Spring) doubled in the inning.

The Marlins outhit Emory & Henry 28-5 in the two games, including 15-0 in the first game. Courtney Bogan (Round Hill/Woodgrove), Kayla Dost (Bristow/Nokesville Brentsville), and Karagiorgis all had three hits to lead the Marlins in the opener.

Junior Taylor Galvin (Virginia Beach/Kempsville) led the VWC hitting effort in the second contest, ripping out three doubles in three times at bat. Howerin also doubled in the game and had two hits, as did Malkos and Karagiorgis.

Even with all of the hitting, the Marlins found themselves trailing 3-0 after four innings as the Wasps (21-7, 9-7) used four hits and a pair of VWC errors to hit the scoreboard. Bethany Anderson (Dublin/Pulaski County) doubled in a run for E&H in the second inning.

But, Virginia Wesleyan took it all in stride and wiped out the deficit in the top of the fifth inning.  The Marlins belted out five hits in the inning en route to scoring four runs. Bogan and Malkos led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and scored when Howerin belted a double to send them in. Galvin also doubled in the inning.

Senior pitcher Mary Shipp (Virginia Beach/First Colonial) helped the Marlins to secure their lead as she allowed the Wasps just one single in their last four innings at bat. She finished the game with three strikeouts and allowed just five hits overall as she improved her season record to 11-2.

VWC capped the game with a three-run seventh inning that included another Galvin double.  The Marlins recorded four hits overall in the inning.

Taylor Banner (Castlewood/Castlewood) tookthe pitching loss for the Wasps in the second game and dropped to 5-2 on the season.  Brandy Bryant (Salem/Glenvar) absorbed the loss in the opener and fell to 6-3.

Virginia Wesleyan continues competition on Sunday, April 12, playing in their final ODAC road doubleheader as they take on the hosts Quakers of Guilford College beginning at 1 p.m.