No 3. Virginia Wesleyan takes two from Guilford

Henderson hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to put the game away
Henderson hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to put the game away

No 3. Virginia Wesleyan takes two from Guilford

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan College softball team needed extra innings in the nightcap to sweep a pair of ODAC contests from Guilford College on Sunday.

Game 1: 3-1 Virginia Wesleyan Victory

Virginia Wesleyan made the most of four hits and took advantage of two Guilford errors to win 3-1.

Hanna Hull (14-1) allowed one run on three hits while striking out 13 Quakers to earn the win for the Marlins in the circle.

Kiersten Richardson led off the game with a walk and stole second base, then advanced to third on a Cassetty Howerin single. Richardson came around to score on a wild pitch to put the Marlins ahead 1-0.

Guilford starter Makayla Carver (6-3) did her best to handle the Marlin offense as she only allowed four hits in seven innings.

VWC was able to push across two more runs in the top of the third inning. Liz Bailey got hit by a pitch to start the inning, she then beat out a throw to second base on a Howerin ground ball to put runners on first and second for Teresa Cardamone. She reached on an error by the shortstop, which allowed Bailey and Howerin to score.

Guilford scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an Anna Wolfe home run to left field.

Howerin went 2-for-4 on the day with a run scored as Jessica Lindsay went 2-for-2 with a walk for the Marlins.

Game 2: 13-4 Virginia Wesleyan Victory (8 innings)

Virginia Wesleyan scored nine runs in the top of the eighth inning to spoil the upset bid by the Quakers.

The extra frame scoring started with a Kaylah Duplain double down the left field line that scored Megan Meindl. Lindsay, who walked to start the inning, scored on a Beth Ford single to make it 6-4. Richardson then stepped to the plate and hit an infield single, which brought home Duplain. Liz Bailey doubled to score Ford, doubling the runs posted by the Quakers.

Blake Henderson then stepped to the plate after a Howerin walk that loaded the bases. She hammered a pitch over the left-field wall for a grand slam. Meindl scored again when Kaylah Duplain reached on an error to finish the scoring for the Marlins.

Throughout the game, the Marlins had 13 hits. Richardson, Bailey (2), Henderson (5), Lindsay (2), Duplain, and Ford all had RBI for VWC. Lindsay hit a home run in the bottom of the third that scored Cardamone for her two RBIs.

Gulford had RBI from Anna Wolfe, Courtney Lackey, Shelby Helms, and Sarah Adams, which led to four runs on the day and one in the bottom of the seventh that sent the game to extra innings.

Courtney Wright got the start for the Marlins working six innings, allowing 11 hits, but only surrendering four runs, while striking out four.

Hanna Hull (15-1) earned the win for the Marlins in the relief after coming in for Wright in the bottom of the seventh with one on and no one out. She went one inning, allowing one hit and striking out one. Kasey Newcomb pitched the bottom of the eighth, not allowing a run to shut the door on the Quakers.

Courtney Lackey (10-5) got the loss for Guilford (22-10/7-5) pitching 7.1 frames, allowing 12 runs on 11 hits.

The No. 3 Marlins (29-1/10-0) are currently on a 13-game winning streak and will return to action on Wednesday at No. 15 Randolph-Macon College (20-4/5-3) for an important ODAC doubleheader scheduled to start at 3 p.m.