VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team concluded its regular season with a pair of wins against Emory & Henry Sunday afternoon at Marlin Park. The Marlins picked up a 3-1 win over the Wasps in game one before downing them again, 6-1. With the victories, the Marlins finish the year with an ODAC record of 17-1, securing the regular season conference title and the top seed in the upcoming ODAC Championship.
This game also held a special meaning as both programs came together for the ninth-annual "Strikeout Cancer" event in which the softball teams raised money for the American Cancer Society.
GAME 1: VWU - 3 E&H - 1
Emory & Henry got on the board first, plating one in the first inning. The Marlins came back in the third though, scoring all three of their runs in that frame. Julia Sinnett and Beth Ford got things going with back-to-back one-out walks. Kiersten Richardson then lined a double to right center that would bring home Sinnett. The next run would come on a wild pitch, pushing Ford home and Richardson to third. Madison Glaubke would then lay down a sacrifice bunt to score her senior teammate from third.
Hanna Hull picked up another win in the circle, pitching a complete game without allowing an earned run.
GAME 2: VWU - 6 E&H - 1
Mirroring game one, the Wasps led the game off with a single run but this time VWU answered quickly. In the bottom of the first a Katelyn Biando sacrifice fly would allow Glaubke to reach home.
A big second frame would give the home side a commanding 5-1 lead. With one out, Teresa Cardamone and Julia Sinnett hit back-to-back singles while Ford followed it with a bunt single to load the bags. Richardson would follow suit with another single to bring in Cardamone. A wild pitch would then advance all three runners, scoring another for the Marlins. Cassetty Howerin would then produce a sacrifice fly to plate another run.
The Marlins' final run would come in the third as Amy Large led off with a double and two batters later would reach home as Cardamone doubled for her second hit of the tilt.
Carla Hall collected the win on the rubber, as she allowed just five hits while not allowing a single earned run.
Softball will now wait until things shake down in the conference to see who it will face in the first round of the ODAC Championship beginning on Friday in Salem, Va.