Marlins are Perfect to Move to 12-0

Wright combined with Newcomb for a perfect game Friday
Wright combined with Newcomb for a perfect game Friday

Marlins are Perfect to Move to 12-0

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan softball team swept its opening day at the Beach Blast, highlighted by the offense and a perfect game. 

Game 1: 9-5 Virginia Wesleyan Victory 

The Marlins defeated Case Western Reserve by a final score of 9-5 in VWC's first game of the 2017 Beach Blast. Kiersten Richardson led the charge by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.

Alana Peters (1-0) got her first victory of the season by throwing four innings in relief only allowing one earned run while striking out six.

After a scoreless first inning, the Marlin bats came alive in the top half of the second inning by scoring five runs. Madison Glaubke doubled to right-center field and came around and scored as Beth Ford singled. Ford advanced to third on a Richardson double down the left field line, which set up an RBI situation for Liz Bailey. She delivered another Marlin double down the left field line, which scored Ford and Richardson and knocked Case Western Reserve's starting pitcher, Annie Wennerberg (0-2) out of the game. Bailey came around to score on a fielder's choice that allowed Cassetty Howerin to reach base safely. The Marlins then took advantage of an error to score Howerin with the fifth run of the inning.

Hanna Hull started the game for the Marlins going two innings, allowing no hits and striking out four.

Case Western scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Grace Tritchler.

Wesleyan was able to answer in the next half inning on a Kaylah Duplain single up the middle that scored Amanda Archer for a 6-2 edge.

The Marlins put up three runs in the top of the sixth inning, highlighted by lone RBIs from Amanda Archer and Glaubke.

Case Western tried for one more surge despite trailing 9-2 in the bottom of the sixth. The Spartans scored four runs in the bottom half of the sixth, highlighted by a Katie Wede three-run home run to center field.

Courtney Wright came in to pitch the last frame for the Marlins and closed out the win allowing only one hit and striking out one.

Game 2: 10-0 Virginia Wesleyan victory (5 innings)

The Marlins got on the board first and never looked back as Courtney Wright (5-0) and Kasey Newcomb combined to face the minimum of 15 Western Connecticut State hitters en route to a perfect game and 10-0 victory.

Richardson led things off with a single and then added to her ODAC stolen base lead with a swipe of second. She came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Madison Glaubke for a 1-0 lead.

The Marlin offense was able to put up three runs in the second, third, and fourth innings to pull away.

Ford and Bailey both had lone RBIs in the second inning as the Marlins before a Jessica Lindsay homer in the third staked VWC a 5-0 lead. Another Ford single scored Meghan Meindl. Richardson was at first base after a single that advanced Ford to third and the duo pulled off a double steal as Ford crossed the plate for a 7-0 lead. Glaubke and Miendl both had RBI in the fourth inning to put the game away.

Kaley Langlois (0-1) got the loss for Western Connecticut State pitching 2.1 innings and allowing six runs.

Wright pitched four innings, striking out four and not walking a batter to earn the win. Kasey Newcomb pitched a perfect fifth inning to seal the Marlin victory and preserve the perfect game.

No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan (12-0) will play No. 6 Manhattanville Saturday at noon before facing Keuka at 2 p.m.