VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team took down No. 18 Salisbury University in a pair games Friday afternoon at TowneBank Park. The Marlins dropped the Sea Gulls, 6-4, in game one before edging them 6-1 in game two (ended in 4.5 innings due to rain. With the results, the Marlins improve to 13-0 on the season while Salisbury slides to 9-6.
GAME 1: VWU – 6 SU – 4
The Marlins struck fast and early to put them up a quick 6-0 over the first two frames. Arianna Rolle got things started as she led off with a single through the right side. Jessica Goldyn followed that with a walk and Julia Sinnett advanced everyone two bases as her double in the next at-bat nearly reached the wall. Jessica Lindsay would single in the next at-bat to plate another run and Sinnett was finally plated when Katelyn Biando reached on a fielder's choice.
Up 3-0, the Marlins doubled their lead in the next inning. Kaylah Duplain led off with a single and the bases were then loaded as the next two batters in Beth Ford and Rolle both reached on bunt singles. After the Sea Gulls earned force out at home in the next at-bat, Sinnett grounded out but earned an RBI as Ford reached. Lindsay then hit a deep single to right and that scored the other two runs for the Marlins. Salisbury would attempt a comeback plating four runs over the next four innings but Hanna Hull nullified any chance at the comeback as she put down three batters in the final frame.
Hull bookended the game, earning her the win in the circle. She would throw the first three innings as well as the final one, punching out nine batters in the process. Carla Hall tossed the 3.0 middle innings.
GAME 2: VWU – 6 SU – 2
The Marlins found themselves in a pickle during the first inning of game two as the Sea Gulls loaded the bags with nobody out. Hull was able to get out of the jam though, as she sat down the next three batters. VWU then tagged Salisbury for four runs in the bottom of the first to earn a healthy lead. With Goldyn on first, Sinnett singled and made it to second as Salisbury attempted to throw out Goldyn at third. Lindsay would then single to plate Goldyn and a Nicole Lucia walk would load up the bases. A wild pitch would give the Marlins their second run of the day and a Daja Burgee sacrifice fly out would put them up 3-0. The final run of the frame came by way of a Biando RBI single.
Virginia Wesleyan increased its lead to 5-0 in the following inning courtesy of a Sinnett single that plated Rolle. In the third, Salsibury would plate one but the Marlins answered with one more as well as Burgee was able to get home on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Salisbury scored one but the rain began to move in on the field. By the bottom of the fifth, the rain halted the action, and eventually ended the game. With more than half of the contest completed, the Marlins earned another win.
Hull picked up her eighth win of the year in the circle (8-0), striking out another eight opponents.
Softball will pick up action again at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the team hosts Randolph for both teams first taste of ODAC action.