No. 8 Marlins Sweep No. 4 CNU in Battle of Top 10 Teams

No. 8 Marlins Sweep No. 4 CNU in Battle of Top 10 Teams

No. 8 Marlins Sweep No. 4 CNU in Battle of Top 10 Teams

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – No. 8 Virginia Wesleyan College faced off with No. 4 Christopher Newport University in a battle of top 10 softball powers Wednesday evening, downing the Captains in a pair of contests, 5-4 and 4-2.

Game 1: 5-4 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

The Marlins jumped in front of the Captains 2-0 in the third inning on a pair of RBI singles from Kayla Dost and Cassetty Howerin.

The Captains responded in the bottom of the third with an unearned run on a Leah Andrews single. CNU tied it up in the fourth on another as Rachael Payne stole second, but a defensive miscue allowed Lia Batchelor to race home from third.

Virginia Wesleyan went back ahead by two in the very next inning as Courtney Bogan reached on an error, scoring on Kayla Dost's second homerun of the year.

CNU tied it up in identical fashion as Tori Clarke reached on an error. A two-run round-tripper from Batchelor evened the contest at four-all. Two singles later, the Marlins turned to Kandis Kresinske out of the bullpen, who struck out the next two Captains to preserve the tie.

Howerin connected on a long bomb in the top of the seventh to put the Marlins back up 5-4. That would be all VWC would need as Kresinske faced the minimum in the bottom of the seventh.

Dost had two hits, three RBI, and a run scored while Howerin drove in two runs on three hits. Kresinske (8-1) earned the win in 1 2/3 perfect innings of relief.

Game 2: 4-2 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

Virginia Wesleyan continued to lead early in the second game, as an RBI groundout from Howerin scored Bogan in the first inning.

Kresinske faced the minimum through three innings, setting the stage for another crucial Marlin run in the fourth as Howerin posted her second four-bagger of the game for a 2-0 lead.

CNU finally put up a run against Kresinske in the fifth inning after the VWC first-year shut down the Captains for six innings spanning the two games.

Taylor Galvin singled home Blake Henderson and Howerin in the sixth inning to put extend the Marlin lead to three, 4-1.

Brittney Walters posted an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to two, but Kresinske would not allow a CNU runner to move into scoring position the remainder of the game.

Galvin had two hits and two RBI while Howerin scored two runs and drove in two. Kresinske (9-1) allowed two earned runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

No. 8 Virginia Wesleyan (19-4/4-0) travels to Randolph College (14-10/3-5) for an ODAC doubleheader Saturday at noon.