NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The top ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team took down #4 Christopher Newport University in both games of a doubleheader Wednesday night. The Marlins upended the Captains, 11-1, in game one before edging them again 5-4 in game two. With the wins, VWU's streak moves to 30-straight and the team remains undefeated on the season (30-0). CNU slides to 21-5 on the year.
GAME 1: VWU - 11 CNU - 1
After giving up a run to the Captains in the opening frame, the Marlins answered back in the second. Beth Ford earned an RBI as she singled to third base, scoring Jessica Lindsay who got on two batters earlier with a single down the left field line.
The Marlins then took the lead in a big way, going on a six-run two-out rally in the top of the fourth. Lindsay got the rally going, leading off with a single and then moving to second on a Ford walk. Kiersten Richardson and Madison Glaubke both followed that with RBI singles. An error would bring home two more Marlin runners and a Lindsay single would bring in the sixth run of the stanza.
Hull dealt the first 5.0 innings, picking up the win (21-0) while fanning five batters. Peters came in to finish out the game, not allowing a hit in the 1.0 innings pitched.
GAME 2: VWU - 5 CNU - 4
Once again, the Captains got an early lead with a run in the opening frame. Large came up with the answer in the second though, sending one opposite field over the left field fence while plating two in the process.
After the Captains tied it up again in the bottom of the second, the scoreboard went cold for a bit. That is until Julia Sinnett sent a two-run shot over the center field wall to regain the Marlin lead in the top of the sixth. CNU didn't back down though, once again knotting it up at five runs a piece in the bottom of the sixth.
The deciding run would come in the top of the seventh courtesy of Amy Large who homered for the third time of the evening. The senior found herself up with two outs, the count going to 2-2. She took the fifth pitch of the at-bat directly to center where it bounced off the top of the fence and out, sending home VWU the eventual game-winning run.
Carla Hall tossed the first 5.0 innings, fanning six and only allowing one earned run. Hull came in for the final two innings, striking out four and picking up another win.
Softball returns to action at 3 p.m. on Saturday as the team travels to Randolph for a doubleheader.