Softball Sweeps Wildcats in Conference Opener

Softball Sweeps Wildcats in Conference Opener

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team dropped Randolph twice Saturday afternoon at TowneBank Park. The Marlins downed the Wildcats, 10-1 in game one before earning a 4-1 victory in game two. With the results, the Marlins improve to 15-0 on the season and move to 2-0 in conference action. Randolph slides to 9-6-1 on the year (0-2 ODAC).

GAME 1: VWU – 10 RAND – 1 (5 Inn.)

Plenty of Marlin offense across the first three innings as the home side plated 10. Arianna Rolle and Jessica Goldyn got things going, hitting back-to-back singles and then stealing to put runners on second and third. Julia Sinnett would plate both runners as she nailed a double off the left field wall. A few batters later, the bases would be loaded bringing Maria Weddle to the dish. She would get hit by a pitch, driving in one run and a Kaylah Duplain groundout would plate the fourth of the frame.

The Marlins expanded their lead in the second, making it a quick 6-0. Goldyn and Sinnett would find themselves on second and third with Nicole Lucia at the plate. The freshman singled to the shortstop, allowing Goldyn to reach. One batter later, Jessica Lindsay sent a nearly identical ball to the shortstop, scoring Sinnett.

Four more runs would be piled in in the third inning. Once again, the Marlins had runners on second and third in Beth Ford and Kathya Pineda. Goldyn would send a ball into centerfield, allowing both players to touch home. After stealing third, Goldyn herself would be driven home courtesy of a Sinnett single. The final run of the day for the Marlins came as Karlee Fretz reached home on a wild pitch.

In the circle, Hanna Hull would let up just a pair of hits over 4.0 innings, earning the win in the process. Sofia Eskola would finish out the final frame.

 

GAME 2: VWU – 4  RAND - 1

While game one had plenty of action early, game two took a while to get things going. Both teams would go scoreless through the first two frames, but the Marlins would strike first as they registered a single run in the bottom of the third. Rolle would get on with a one-out single and a Jessica Goldyn triple would plate her for the contest's first run.

Randolph would even things up though, collecting a run in the top of the sixth. Unfazed, the Marlins answered back definitively in the bottom of the inning. Goldyn would lead off with her second triple of the game and would score as Sinnett singled in the next at-bat. A couple of fielder's choices later, Katelyn Biando found herself at first. Fretz would move her to third with a double off the wall and a wild pitch would then bring her home. With Fretz now on third after the wild pitch, Hope Burleson sent a ball over the short stops glove to make it 4-1. Hull would make sure to close the door on any comeback as she struck out the final three batters.

Carla Hall got the start in this one, allowing just a single hit through the first 5.1 innings of work. She would be relieved by Hull, who nabbed her tenth win of the year (10-0), striking out four over the last 1.2 innings.

Softball returns to action again at 2:30 p.m. as the team travels to Randolph-Macon for not only another ODAC showdown, but also another nationally-ranked contest.