Hull Strikes Out School Record 18 as Marlins Sweep Tuesday
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Freshman Hanna Hull needed just two games to set a school record, striking out 18 hitters in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of N.C. Wesleyan by the No. 25-ranked Virginia Wesleyan softball team.
Game 1: 5-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
Hull recorded 21 outs on Tuesday, 18 coming via the strikeout to break the previous school record of 16 set by Brittaney Brown against Sweet Briar College in 2009. The freshman forced the first Battling Bishop hitter to pop out, striking out the next eight batters to turn over the lineup.
Hull struck out six in a row starting with one out in the bottom of the fourth before Hannah Ivester singled with an out in the bottom of the sixth. The Marlin hurler bounced back, striking out the next four batters, breaking the record with her two punch-outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Virginia Wesleyan scored two more in the top of the fourth as a passed ball allowed Blake Henderson and Howerin to race home.
The Marlins registered the final margin in the top of the seventh on RBI singles from Liz Bailey and Henderson.
Hull (2-0) allowed just two hits in seven innings, striking out the record-setting total of 18 strikeouts. Richardson went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
Game 2: 0-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory (6 innings)
The Battling Bishops held the Marlin offense at bay through two innings before VWC managed to break through in the third with a pair of runs.
Megan Meindl drew a walk to lead off the third, moving to second on Beth Ford's sacrifice bunt. Richardson followed with a single, but Meindl had to hold at third, putting runners on the corners. N.C. Wesleyan managed to record another out, looking to get out of the frame unscathed. Howerin capitalized with runners on base again, doubling to right to scored Meindl and Richardson.
The Marlins plated five in the fifth inning to put the game away, capped off by a bases-clearing double off the bat of Teresa Cardamone.
Richardson went 2-for-4 in the game with three runs scored and an RBI. Cardamone finished 2-for-3 with three RBI while Howerin drove in three.
No. 25 Virginia Wesleyan (4-0) travels to Meredith (2-4) Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.