No. 3 Marlins Rally Past Mary Washington
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan softball team cruised to a victory over Mary Washington in game one before rallying for a game two win on Wednesday afternoon.
The Marlins moved to 10-0 at home with the sweep and extended their winning streak to five games. VWC is a perfect 21-0 in games ending in regulation this season.
Game 1: 3-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
Hanna Hull (10-1) threw a complete game shutout while only allowing three hits and striking out 14 to down the Eagles. Hull padded her league-leading stats, lowering her ERA to 0.22 and raising her strikeout total to 116 in 64.0 innings. Hull has thrown the last 34 innings without allowing an earned run.
Mary Washington's Kara Deppe (8-3) did her best to challenge Hull and the Marlins by holding the Marlins scoreless in every inning except the third.
Kiersten Richardson led off the inning with a walk, one of eight on the day for Deppe, and then proceeded to steal second and third. Liz Bailey walked and also stole second. Blake Henderson stepped up to the plate with one out and smacked a double to right-center field to score Bailey and Richardson. Hull helped out her own cause when she singled to left field to drive home Henderson.
Game 2: 7-3 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
The Marlin offense was able to overcome six errors to sweep Mary Washington by a final score of 7-3. Courtney Wright (8-0) only allowed two hits, but the Eagles were able to score three unearned runs off of Marlin miscues. Wright also struck out seven in the winning effort.
After allowing three runs in the top of the third to fall behind 3-1, the Marlins were able to answer in the bottom of the third on a Cassetty Howerin single that once again scored Richardson.
The Marlins were able to complete the rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, capitalizing for four runs. Howerin singled in Richardson to get things going, which allowed Liz Bailey to get to third base, who then scored on a wild pitch for a 4-3 lead. Henderson reached on an error that allowed Howerin to score. Madison Glaubke hit a double to center field, which scored Henderson to make it 6-3 and cap off the scoring in the fifth.
Liz Bailey added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when she hit a sacrifice fly that scored Richardson.
Richardson reached base safely all four times she stepped to the plate going 3-for-3 with a walk and scoring four runs. She also stole six bases to add to her season total of 33, which leads the ODAC. Bailey stole two bases, while Howerin, Henderson, and Glaubke stole a base each.
Erin Stinson got the start for the Eagles going four innings allowing three runs. Kara Deppe (8-4) took the loss in relief, allowing four runs, with two of them being earned, in two innings.
No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan (21-1/2-0) returns to ODAC play Saturday with a home doubleheader against Randolph College (14-6/1-1) at 1 p.m.