No. 1 Softball Sweeps No. 16 Randolph-Macon

Howerin drove in Richardson for the game's lone goal on Friday
Howerin drove in Richardson for the game's lone goal on Friday

No. 1 Softball Sweeps No. 16 Randolph-Macon

ASHLAND, Va. – The brand new No. 1 ranked team in the country, Virginia Wesleyan swept No. 16 Randolph-Macon College in an important ODAC softball doubleheader Wednesday.

Game 1: 4-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

Hanna Hull (15-1) pitched one of the best games of her young career in the first game of the double-dip. She struck out 17, one away from her school record that she set earlier this season. Hull allowed just two hits while walking one in the complete game victory.

The Marlins plated two in the second as Teresa Cardamone walked in front of a Hull single to set the table for the bottom of the order. Madison Glaubke sent a ball towards short that was misplayed for a 1-0 lead. Beth Ford followed with a ball that went down the left-field line to plate Hull for the second score.

Glaubke drove in another run in the top of the fourth when her sacrifice fly plated Jessica Lindsay for a 3-0 lead.

Virginia Wesleyan provided the final margin in the seventh when Liz Bailey singled, coming around to score on a Blake Henderson double to left-center.

Henderson and Hull each had two hits in the game.

Candace Whittemore (13-2) went the distance for the Yellow Jackets, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out just one while walking five.

Game 2: 4-1 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

The Marlins scored their runs early, and late, in the second game. Virginia Wesleyan plated two in the first and two in the seventh to put the game away.

Kiersten Richardson doubled to right-center to lead off the game against Whittemore, who was pitching both ends of the doubleheader for R-MC. A batter later, Cassetty Howerin sent a shot deep over the left-field wall for a two-run homer, her eighth of the year.

Randolph-Macon cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second when Diane McDaniel reached on catcher's interference, scoring on a single to center off the bat of Shelby Hill.

Shooting to maintain the 2-1 lead in the pitcher's duel, the Marlins went to the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth to bring in Hull to relieve Courtney Wright. Hull struck out the side in the sixth to keep the VWC lead.

Whittemore ran into some trouble in the top of the seventh when a walk and two fielder's choice, combined with an error, put runners on the corners with one out. Lindsay singled to right to score Bailey from third to make it 3-1, moving Henderson up to third base. Henderson raced home on Hull's sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

Hull continued to dominate in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side to pick up her second save. She struck out all six batters she faced in the second game.

Wright (12-0) picked up the win while allowing one unearned run on four hits while striking out two.

Whittemore (13-3) was saddled with the loss in game two for Randolph-Macon (20-6/5-5), allowed just two earned runs despite walking seven.

No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan (31-1/12-0) hosts Roanoke College for its ninth annual Strike Out Cancer Game Saturday. Festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. Information can be found at vwcathletics.com.