VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up two more wins Tuesday evening after sweeping a doubleheader against Depauw University. The Marlins edged the Tigers, 2-1, in game one before handing them a 12-9 loss in game two. With the two wins, the Marlins remain unbeaten in 2018, posting a record of 22-0.
GAME 1: VWU - 2 DEPAUW - 1
All three runs from this game came in the fourth inning, beginning with a Depauw RBI double that gave them the lead. The Marlins answered quickly though as Madison Glaubke led off the bottom of the frame with a triple to right center. Two batters later, Amy Large took first on a base on balls and was pinch ran for by Julie Fassl. Kerrigan Simpson then reached on a fielder's choice, but the play allowed Glaubke to tie the game up. With two outs, Jessica Lindsey singled to put runners on first and second. Maria Weddle would then drive home the eventual game-winning run with a single to center.
Hanna Hull dealt all 7.0 innings from the circle from the home side, working out of a couple of jams late in the game. The sophomore would rack up seven strikeouts and zero earned runs en route to another win (13-0).
GAME 2: VWU - 12 DEPAUW - 9
Unlike game one, this tilt saw plenty of scoring. The Tigers opened up the contest with a bit of small ball which gave them an early two-run lead. The Marlins split the deficit in the bottom of the stanza though, scoring on an error. Depauw continued to apply pressure, posting another run in the second. The home side answered the call once again though, this time piling in seven runs. After picking up two early outs, Glaubke would crack a two-RBI double that would tie the game up. Katelyn Biando then backed that up with a two-RBI single to give the Marlins their first lead of the game. The next three batters in Lindsay, Weddle and Julia Sinnett would close out the inning with an RBI single each.
The Marlins continued to up the score as in the next inning, they would plate three more. Biando earned her second RBI of the night with a bases-loaded single. Lindsay then collected an RBI on a sacrifice fly. The final run of the frame came after a pick off attempt to third caremed off Fassl's helmet allowing her to score in the scramble.
An extra insurance run would also be brought in on a Glaubke double in the fourth. DePauw fought back, scoring six more runs, but the Marlin defense held them in check when it mattered.
Carla Hall got the start on the day, going 2.0 innings before being relieved for Alana Peters who would eventually pick up the win. Hull did come in during before the final frame to pick up her second save of the year.
Softball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Thursday as the squad welcomes Eastern Mennonite to town for a doubleheader.