SALEM, Va. - The top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University softball forced a winner-take-all finale at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship on Sunday, eliminating Lynchburg, 7-3 before shutting out Randolph-Macon 4-0. With the results, the Marlins, who now hold a record of 39-4, have forced a single game against Randolph-Macon to determine who will be crowned ODAC Champion. That contest will take place on Monday at 10 a.m.
GAME 1: VWU - 7 LYN - 3
It was Lynchburg who got on the board first, hitting a two-run home run in the first. The Hornets increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third but in the bottom of the frame, the Marlins began their comeback. After Beth Ford singled and Madison Glaubke walked, Kaylah Duplain sent a liner into left center field, allowing both runners to round the bags.
Two innings later, the Marlins tied things up courtesy of Glaubke. Maria Weddle led off with a double and was moved to third on a Danielle Stewart sac bunt. That brought up Glaubke who jammed a full count single up the middle to knot things at 3-3.
Things really heated up in the bottom of the sixth as the Marlins plated four more insurance runs. Julia Sinnett led off with a single as was moved to second on a sac bunt. Jessica Lindsay then shot a ball up the middle that allowed Sinnett to reach home. Jessica Goldyn continued the hitting trend as she singled to put runners on first and second. After a Hornet pitching change, Weddle ripped a ball down the right field line to score both of the previous runners. The final run of the game was brought in by Ford, whose fielder's choice plated Weddle.
GAME 2: VWU - 4 R-MC - 0
Facing their fifth-straight elimination game, the Marlins did not disappoint. VWU got on the board first beginning with a Glaubke single. Sinnett and Katelyn Biando followed that with back-to-back walks and a Goldyn single to center field put the Marlins up 2-0.
Virginia Wesleyan added one more in the second to make it 3-0. Stewart led off with a walk and was moved to second on a groundout. Glaubke would then single her across in the next at-bat. The final run of the game came by way of Katelyn Biando who reached on a fielder's choice that scored Glaubke from third.
Hull once again turned in a tremendous performance in the circle. The junior punched out eight Yellow Jackets en route to her 26th win of the year.