No-Hitter Highlights Opening Day Sweep of SU
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 25 Virginia Wesleyan College softball saw dominant pitching performances Sunday from freshmen Hanna Hull and Courtney Wright, who scattered two hits over 12 innings in the circle while the latter threw a no-hitter. The Marlins swept Susquehanna University in a pair of games, the first being Brandon Elliott's 300th career win.
The Marlins rolled in the first game of the doubleheader, the 300th victory for Elliott in his 10th season as head coach.
Virginia Wesleyan took the lead in the bottom half of the first inning when junior Cassetty Howerin hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored classmate Kiersten Richardson, who walked and stole second and third to set up the scoring opportunity.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Marlins scored five runs on five hits and one error, highlighted by a Howerin RBI single, and then took advantage of a River Hawk miscue that scored two runs. Freshman Kayla Duplain produced an RBI groundout in the five-run spurt while Amanda Archer singled home Jessica Lindsay to give the Marlins the 6-1 edge.
Hull (1-0) earned the nod in the circle for the opener and did not waste any time as she struck out seven out of the first ten River Hawks she faced. Hull only surrendered two hits over five innings, striking out nine without issuing a walk. She did not allow a River Hawk runner to reach second base in the contest.
Wright walked Brooke Kohler to lead off the game, who ended up scoring on a ground ball to first base, but that was all of the offense Wright allowed on the day.
Howerin responded in the bottom of the first by hitting a towering fly ball over the left-center field wall for a two-run home run to put the Marlins ahead.
Senior pitcher Alexa Gonzalez settled in after the first and was able to stymie the Marlin offensive attack until the fifth inning.
Madison Glaubke was able to get the momentum back for VWC when she laced a double to deep left-center, but was thrown out on a close play trying to advance to third base. Beth Ford and Richardson hit back-to-back singles before an out and Howerin walked loaded the bases for Henderson. The senior rightfielder singled up the middle to score two runs and put the Marlins up 4-1.
Wright (1-0) walked two and struck out five over her seven innings of work. She did not allow a ball to leave the infield in the contest.
No. 25 Virginia Wesleyan returns to action on Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader at North Carolina Wesleyan (0-0) scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.