TUCSON, Az. - The Virginia Wesleyan University softball team finished out the the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic with two more wins, giving them an undefeated 6-0 record at the tournament and a regular season undefeated record of 14-0. The squad came back in game one to down the University of Rochester, 14-6, before shutting out #9 Texas Lutheran, 5-0.
GAME 1: VWU - 14 UR - 6 (5 inn.)
The Marlins got on the board first as Amy Large sailed a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Madison Glaubke from third. The Yellow Jackets answered back in the top of the second though, putting up six runs. Unfazed, the Marlins answered with a solid five run inning. Maria Weddle and Beth Ford got the inning going as both scored on a two-out error as the bases were loaded. With the frame still alive, Cassetty Howerin sent a ball into center that scored Kiersten Richardson from second. Large would get another RBI as she followed that with a single that plated Glaubke from third and Howerin eventually scored from third as Large was caught in a run down.
The Marlin bats stayed hot into the next stanza as a Weddle triple scored Daja Burjee from first. Weddle was then sent home in the next at-bat as Ford singled.Howerin and Amy Large finished out the inning with a two-RBI single and a two-RBI triple, respectively. The final two runs VWU scored came in the fourth and that was all that was needed.
Alana Peters got the call on the rubber, pitching 1.1 innings before freshman Carla hall took over. Hall would toss the next 3.2, picking up two K's and the win.
GAME 2: VWU - 5 TL - 0
Richardson started the game out early as she led the game off with a double. She would eventually score on a fielder's choice error. Later that inning the Marlins doubled up as Howerin reached home on a wild pitch.
Two more runs were added in the top of the second, courtesy of a Large single to right field that allowed Richardson and Ford to cross the plate. One more insurance run came in the third as Weddle doubled to left, scoring Julia Sinnett from second base.
Sophomore Hanna Hull earned another complete game pitching for VWU, allowing only two hits and striking out nine.
Softball's continues its tough schedule next Sunday as the team hosts nearby rival Christopher Newport University in another nationally-ranked battle.