No. 19 Marlins Stay Unbeaten, Sweep Meredith

Henderson hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to put the game away
Henderson hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to put the game away

No. 19 Marlins Stay Unbeaten, Sweep Meredith

RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 19 Virginia Wesleyan College softball team posted 17 runs on Saturday afternoon, sweeping Meredith College by scores of 9-1 and 8-4.

Game 1: 9-1 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

The Marlins jumped out to a quick 2-0 in the first inning off a Blake Henderson double and never looked back, winning the first game over the Meredith College Avenging Angels by a final score of 9-1.

The Marlins posted a single run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 5-1 lead. Virginia Wesleyan scored four runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-RBI single from Amy Large to put the game away.

Hanna Hull (3-0) continued her success in the circle by throwing six innings, allowing three hits, a lone unearned run, while striking out 12 batters. Kasey Newcomb came in relief of Hull in the seventh inning and struck a batter out to secure the victory.

Cassetty Howerin went 2-for-3 with three runs scored while Henderson went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Erica Occena, Rachel Peel, and Katie Kepley collected a hit each for Meredith in the defeat.

Game 2: 8-4 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

Just like the previous game, the Virginia Weselyan College used a strong first inning to take control of the game. The Marlins scored six runs on four hits, with the help of two errors and two errors to pull away from the Avenging Angels.

Kiersten Richardson hit a lead-off double, coming around to score on a Teresa Cardamone single to left-center. Kaylah Duplain then reached on a fielder's choice, and a costly error allowed Liz Bailey to score for a 2-0 score.

LeAnn Adkins drew a bases-loaded walk for a 3-0 lead before a Beth Ford single to right field plated Duplain. The Marlins batted around, bringing Richardson back up to the plate. She hit a sacrifice fly to score Madison Glaubke, while another Meredith error plated the sixth run on the play as well.

The Marlins scored two more in the third inning. Adkins tripled down the right-field line to score Duplain, racing home herself on a Ford groundout.

Courtney Wright (3-0) allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits with a lone strikeout in a complete game effort.

No. 19 Virginia Wesleyan (6-0) returns home Tuesday to face Salisbury University for a pair of games set to start at 2 p.m.