No. 19 Marlins Sweep Salisbury for the First Time
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 19 Virginia Wesleyan College softball team swept Salisbury University for the first time with a pair of wins on Tuesday. This was the first time the two squads faced off since last year's NCAA Regional when the Sea Gulls eliminated the Marlins.
Game 1: 9-1 Virginia Wesleyan Victory (5 innings)
The Marlins came out strong in the first game as Kiersten Richardson doubled to the opposite field before Liz Bailey walked to put two on. Cassetty Howerin launched a pitch deep over the wall in left-center field to make the score 3-0 before Salisbury recorded an out.
Virginia Wesleyan scored two more runs in the second and four in the third to go up 9-0 after three frames. The Marlins took advantage of several Sea Gull miscues, scoring lone runs on an error, a passed ball, and a wild pitch.
Hanna Hull (4-0) effectively shut down the Sea Gulls in the first game, striking out three while surrendering just one hit in three innings. She also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored.
Howerin drove in five RBI while Richardson and Beth Ford scored a pair of runs.
Game 2: 5-3 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
The Marlins got on the board first in the nightcap with two runs in the second thanks to another Salisbury error. Madison Glaubke was on second with Teresa Cardamone on third when a wild pitch allowed Cardamone to race home. The Sea Gull catcher tried to flip it to the pitcher who was covering the plate, but the ball sailed past her allowing Glaubke to score as well.
Salisbury scored a run in the third and another in the top of the fifth to tie the game at two apiece.
Richardson sparked another Marlin offensive output in the bottom of the fifth with a single up the middle before stealing second. A sacrifice bunt moved her to third where back-to-back walks to Howerin and Blake Henderson loaded the bases.
Cardamone lined a shot at the shortstop, but the ball glanced off her glove into left-center, allowing Richardson to score the go-ahead run. After the Sea Gulls picked up the second out of the inning, Hull singled up the middle to plate Henderson for a 4-2 lead. A walk to Glaubke scored Cardamone with the insurance tally.
In all, Salisbury walked three in the three-run fifth inning and eight for the game.
The Sea Gulls scored one unearned run in the seventh as Courtney Wright entered to shut the door for her first career save.
Hull (5-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs on four hits, walking four while striking out five in 5.1 innings of work. Hull went 2-for-3 at the dish while Cardamone scored a pair of runs.
No. 19 Virginia Wesleyan (8-0/0-0) will begin ODAC play on Wednesday when Sweet Briar College (0-0/0-0) ventures to Virginia Beach for a 2 p.m. doubleheader start.