No. 6 Marlins Split with No. 10 Christopher Newport

No. 6 Marlins Split with No. 10 Christopher Newport

No. 6 Marlins Split with No. 10 Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The No. 6 Virginia Wesleyan College softball team dropped its first game of the year on Sunday, splitting a pair of contests with No. 10 Christopher Newport University.

Game 1: 4-3 Christopher Newport Victory (8 innings)

The Marlins fell in extra innings by a final score of 4-3. The Captains walked off on a Grace Wild double down the right-field line to score Morgan Wooddell.

Hanna Hull (7-1) did everything she could to guide the Marlins to a win, but fell short for the first time in her collegiate career. She went the distance, allowing four runs, all unearned, on five hits and one walk, while striking out 12.

Hull was impressive at the plate hitting a home run to left field in the second inning that scored Teresa Cardamone to put the Marlins in the lead 2-0.

Marlin miscues in the bottom half of the second inning put the Captains up 3-2. A Leah Andrews two-RBI triple to right-center highlighted the inning after the frame was extended due to a Marlin error.

The Marlins tied the game up in the top of the fifth inning on a Beth Ford single that plated Kaylah Duplain, who had entered the contest to run for Hull.

The game headed to extra innings with the score knotted at three. International softball rules place a runner on second base to start extra innings. Kiersten Richardson was placed on second as she recorded the last out of the previous inning. The Marlins were able to load the bases, but failed to score against Aubrey Bates.

CNU was able to capitalize on the initially placed runner as Wooddell sprinted home on Wild's lead-off double.  

Bates (5-0) earned the win for the Captains going eight innings allowing three earned runs on six hits, three walks, and striking out four.

Game 2: 10-8 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

The Marlins captured a 10-8 victory in the nightcap as both teams saw offensive outbursts. 

The Marlins wasted no time getting a run on the board when Blake Henderson reached on a Captain error that allowed Kiersten Richardson to score in the top of the first. The Captains responded right away on a Jenna Sprinkle single up the middle that scored Leah Andrews.

The Captains were able to strike for four runs against Marlin pitching in the third inning. Sprinkle added two RBI on another single down the left field line.

Cassetty Howerin responded in the top of the fourth with a lead-off homer to left field to cut the deficit to 5-2. Amy Large was able to put pressure on the Captain defense, forcing CNU to make an error that allowed Hanna Hull to score for a 5-3 margin.

CNU added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to extend the lead back out to 7-3.

The very next inning, the Marlins were able to add three more runs highlighted by a Kaylah Duplain single to left-center that scored Henderson and Howerin, cutting the lead to just one.

Despite CNU adding a score to go back up two, the Marlins were able to take the lead in the sixth inning.

An RBI single by Henderson and and Hull sacrifice fly tied the game at eight, setting the tone for pinch hitter Amanda Archer. The junior pinch hitter singled out to left, scoring Howerin and giving the Marlins the lead for good.

Howerin went 3-for-5 with with three runs for the Marlins, while Ford went 3-for-3 at the plate.

Hull (8-1) earned the victory with 2.2 innings of relief work, not allowing a hit while striking out three.

Jenna Sprinkle finished with three RBI in the game for CNU (11-3).

No. 6 Virginia Wesleyan (17-1) travels to No. 7 Messiah College Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.