Pitching Dominates as No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan Sweeps William Peace

Pitching Dominates as No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan Sweeps William Peace

Pitching Dominates as No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan Sweeps William Peace

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Hanna Hull and Alana Peters combined to strike out 26 on Tuesday as the No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan softball team swept William Peace by scores of 4-0 and 8-0.

Game 1: 4-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

Hull (7-0) fired a no-hitter in the 4-0 win for the Marlins with 15 strikeouts. A one-out seventh inning walk to Lindsey Wiggins was Hull's only blemish on the afternoon.

Lilanna Berber (1-2) was able to keep the explosive Marlins offense in check for most of the game as she only allowed seven hits and two earned runs.

Kiersten Richardson reached on a fielder's choice in the third inning and then stole second base to get into scoring position for Liz Bailey. The Marlin second baseman smacked a single to left-center that scored Richardson for a 1-0 lead.

Richardson led off the fifth with a single and stole second base again, advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt. Cassetty Howerin then doubled to right-center to score Richardson. A costly two-out error allowed Howerin to race home for a 3-0 lead.

Richardson was not done when she stepped into the box in the sixth inning as she doubled home Beth Ford for the fourth and final Marlin run of the game.

Game 2: 8-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory (5 innings)

Peters (2-0) dominated in the 8-0 win, working all five innings. She allowed only two hits while striking out 11 out of the 19 batters she faced.

The Marlins jumped out in front with a four-run third inning. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the frame, Amy Large stepped to the plate and singled to right field to score Bailey and then Howerin was able to hurry home after a throwing error. Another important Pacer error during the next at bat allowed two more to score for the 4-0 edge.

Errors cost William Peace in the fourth as well as both runs in the inning, including a Henderson RBI double, were unearned.

Needing just two runs to implement the run rule in the bottom of the fifth, Jessica Lindsay connected on a long home run to left field, plating Kaylah Duplain for the final measure.

No. 11 Virginia Wesleyan (16-0) returns to action against No. 13 Christopher Newport University (10-2) on Sunday for a doubleheader in Newport News starting at 1 p.m.