VIRGINIA BEACH, Va – The Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up two more wins against North Carolina Wesleyan College Wednesday afternoon, helping the squad improve to 4-0 this year. The Marlins shut out the Battling Bishops 5-0 in game one and took them down again, 4-2, in game two. Game two was halted after 6.1 innings due to lack of sunlight, but still met the requirement of a full game.
GAME 1: VWU – 5 NCW – 0
It was a pitcher's duel until the fifth inning as the Marlins finally broke onto the scoreboard. With one out, Beth Ford bunted for a single, advancing to third on an overthrow. Kiersten Richardson then produced a nice sacrifice fly ball to left field, scoring Ford for the game's first run. Madison Glaubke Cassetty Howerin, Theresa Cardamone took first, second and third, respectively, on the next two at bats as Glaubke and Cardomone were walked and Howerin reached on an error. With two outs and the bases juiced, Amy Large smoked a double down the right field line that cleared the bases and put the Marlins up, 4-0.
The Final run of the game came in the sixth as Glaubke doubled into left, scoring Ford from second.
Hull picked up her second win and complete game in as many contests, striking out 11 batters and not allowing a single run.
GAME 2: VWU- 4 NCW – 2
Unlike game one, it took only one inning for the Marlins to get on the board. In the opening frame, Richardson took second to lead off. She was then sent home with ease as Glaubke banged one off the left field fence for a stand up triple. Howerin would then plate Glaubke in the next at bat with a sac fly to right field.
The Bishops wouldn't go down with ease though, tying it up at two in the top of the third with a two-run homer. Unfazed, the Marlins retook the lead in the bottom of the stanza. Cardamone was the first runner as she was walked with one out. Katelyn Biando came in to pinch run for her and was immideately sent to third as Amy Large doubled in the next at bat. Julia Fassl followed that with a sac fly to right, giving the home side a one run lead. Later in the inning, a wild pitch scored Large from third.
In the top of the sixth the umps decided to call the game as the sun setting had created visibility issues.
Carla Hall earned her second win as a Marlin, pitching 3.0 innings and striking out three and allowing the only two runs. Hull collected her first save of the year, dealing 2.1 innings and striking out three as well.
Softball returns to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday as the team takes on William Peace at the Raleigh, N.C. Grand Slam Triangle Classic.