Top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan upset in ODAC second round

Top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan upset in ODAC second round

SALEM, Va. -- A 17-game winning streak came to an end Friday night for the No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan College softball Marlins who were upset 2-0 by Randolph-Macon College's Yellow Jackets in a second round game in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament.

It was one of the few times this season when the Marlins (29-5) failed to get the bats working.  Virginia Wesleyan, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, managed only three hit, tying a season low number of hits first recorded on April 18 in a 3-1 loss at Eastern Mennonite University.  VWC continues competition in elimination play on Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m. when the Marlins take on the Wasps (24-11) of Emory & Henry College.

Randolph-Macon (24-10) used a hit, a VWC error, and a sacrifice bunt to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning.  It was an advantage the Jackets would ride to the end as the offense would not spark for Virginia Wesleyan. R-MC added its only other run in the top of the seventh, setting it up with a lead-off triple.

Senior Kristina Karagiorgis (Ashburn/Briarwoods) took the pitching loss and had a 15-game winning streak snapped.  She struck out seven batters, walked one, and gave up six hits. Nelda Bagley (16-4) emerged as the winning pitcher for R-MC.  She struck out eight, walked two, and limited the Marlins to three hits.

Kayla Dost (Bristow/Nokesville Brentsville) and Taylor Galvin (Virginia Beach/Kempsville)both connected for a double each for VWC Blake Henderson (Virginia Beach/Ocean Lakes) added a single.