VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The No.1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team win streak moved to 20-straight as the squad downed Lynchburg twice Saturday afternoon at Marlin Park. In game one, the Marlins defeated the Hornets 11-3 before claiming a 4-1 victory in game 2. With the wins, the Marlins keep their record clean at 20-0 (2-0 ODAC). Lynchburg slides to 14-6 (0-2 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU - 11 LC - 3 (5 Inn)
VWU used a plethora of multi-run innings to get the job done in this contest. The Marlins plated two in the opening frame as both Madison Glaubke and Amy Large each recorded an RBI single. In the second, the squad doubled up its lead as a Glaubke single drove in Maria Weddle and Jessica Lindsay.
After a three-run top of the third from the Hornets, the Marlins answered right back in the bottom. Cassetty Howerin and Kerrigan Simpson led off with back-to-back singles to put two runners in scoring positions. Lindsay then fired one to the warning track in center, which scored both runners and allowed her to get to third. She would later reach home on a bunt single by Weddle.
The Marlins then ended the game early with a four run bottom of the fifth. With the bases juiced, Lynchburg walked in a run. That brought up Howerin, who crushed a base-clearing double to center, thus giving the home side an eight-run lead.
Hanna Hull continued to shine in the circle, picking up her 12th win and her eighth complete game. The sophomore allowed only five hits while striking out seven.
GAME 2: VWU - 4 LC - 1
Unlike game one, this tilt got its first bit of offense in the fourth. The run came by way of Lindsay, who sent a solo shot over the center field fence to give the Marlins the lead. The squad would expand on that in the following frame, scoring three more. Amy Large got things going, scoring Glaubke from third on a groundout. Simpson then sent a hard single to left center that drove home Howerin. Later in the frame, Weddle would double to left field which brought home Julie Fassl.
Lynchburg attempted a comeback in the final stanza, homering in the first at bat, but a beautiful line drive snag from Carla Hall helped double up the runner at first, thus closing out the game.
Hall did more than just catch line drives this game as the freshman allowed just one run in her fifth win and second complete game.
Softball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Tuesday as the squad hosts Depauw University for a doubleheader.