Pitching Carries No. 3 Marlins to Sweep of WildCats

Blake Henderson
Blake Henderson

Pitching Carries No. 3 Marlins to Sweep of WildCats

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan softball team allowed just one earned run in 14 innings of a doubleheader sweep over Randolph College in ODAC action Saturday.

Game 1: 2-1 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

The first game of the doubleheader turned into a pitching duel between Hanna Hull and Randolph's Lindsey Chaney.

The Marlins broke through for the first run in the fourth, saddling Chaney with an unearned run to take a 1-0 lead. Cassetty Howerin singled and stole second with one out. Chaney managed to pick up the second out before Hull hit a soft ground ball up the first-base line. Chaney handled the ball and threw to first, but her throw hit Hull and went into right field, allowing Howerin to race home.

Virginia Wesleyan tacked on a much-needed insurance tally in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by Blake Henderson.

Hull dominated the WildCats through six innings. She struck out 10 of the first 11 WildCats she faced as only designated player Lauren Morris managed to put the ball in play. Randolph only saw two baserunners in the first six innings, both coming from walks.

Hunter Glave drew a walk to lead off the seventh for Randolph in front of a single by Morris, the first hit of the game for the WildCats, which forced the Marlins to the bullpen. Becca Montgomery managed to drive home Glave on a single up the middle, but Courtney Wright retired the side for her second save.

Hull (11-1) struck out 14 in six innings of work, allowing one hit while walking three. The run in the seventh ended Hull's streak of 44 innings without allowing an earned run.

Game 2: 7-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

The Marlins scored two runs in the second and three in the third to pull away in the nightcap.

Virginia Wesleyan scored two in the second after Madison Glaubke doubled and Beth Ford walked to turn the lineup over for Kiersten Richardson. The Marlin shortstop doubled to left-center to score the pair for an early lead.

The Marlins added three more in the third on RBI singles from Henderson and Jessica Lindsay and a double steal that allowed Henderson to swipe home.

Courtney Wright (9-0) earned the win, allowing just two hits while striking out one. Alana Peters picked up her first save of the season, not allowing a hit while fanning four and walking two in three innings of relief.

No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan (23-1/4-0) will continue ODAC play on Sunday as the Marlins host Shenandoah University (6-10/2-2) for a doubleheader at noon.