Outstanding pitching guides No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan to sweep of Bridgewater

Outstanding pitching guides No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan to sweep of Bridgewater

VIRGINIA BEACH -- It was only fitting that the two young women honored during Virginia Wesleyan College's 2015 Senior Day for softball on Friday stayed in the spotlight from start to finish.

Kristina Karagiorgis (Ashburn/Briarwoods) and Mary Shipp (Virginia Beach/First Colonial) maintained their status as two of the two pitchers in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) as they recorded standout efforts from the circle to lead the Marlins a 6-0 and 8-0 sweep of Bridgewater College's Eagles at Marlins Field.

Karagiorgis struck out 10 batters in the first game and Shipp tossed a no-hitter to help VWC cap its fifth sweep of the season and fourth in a row.  Virginia Wesleyan, ranked No. 11 nationally, improved to 20-4 overall and to 10-2 in the conference, while Bridgewater dropped to 9-17 overall and to 2-10 in the league.

Karagiorgis allowed only two hits in the opener, while recording her fifth double-digit strike total of the season.  She improved her season strikeout total to a league-leading 99, her earned run average to a league-leading 0.69, and her season record to 10-2 with her 10th straight victory. Bridgewater advanced past second base just once in the game.

Shipp just missed on a perfect game in the second contest as she retired 17 Eagles in a row before Lacey Shiflett reached base on an error in the top of the sixth inning.  It was the only time Bridgewater made it to base as Shipp did not allow a hit or a walk, while striking out three.  She improved her season record to 9-2 and her earned run average to 1.26.

VWC, currently ranked No. 12 nationally in steals per game, added to that production with 13 stolen bases against the Eagles. Courtney Bogan (Round Hill/Woodgrove), the ODAC leader in steals, recorded four in the first game to increase her season total to 26.  Kayla Malkos (Roanoke/Cave Spring), who ranks second in steals in the ODAC, recorded three in the opener to move her current total to 19. 

Kayla Dost (Bristow/Nokesville Brentsville) added a steal in the first game and Liz Bailey (Chesapeake/Greenbrier Christian), Allison Heitsman (Littleton, Colo./D'Evelyn), Jordan Ellis (Midlothian/Midlothian), Amy Large (Kennett Square, Pa./Unionville) and Sami Pearce (Powhatan/Powhatan) all recorded a steal each in the second contest.

Virginia Wesleyan connected for eight hits in the first game, led by Malkos with a triple and single. Bogan hit 3-for-3, all singles. Large belted a double for the Marlins in the second game, which included two singles from Pearce.

The Marlins return to competition on Tuesday, April 7, when they host the Vixens of Sweet Briar College in an ODAC doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

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