Softball Picks Up Two Wins in Battle of Nationally-Ranked Teams

Photo By Dave Hines, NFCA
Photo By Dave Hines, NFCA

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The #1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team continued its unbeaten streak as the squad downed #23 Emory University twice Friday afternoon at Marlin Park. The Marlins shutout the Eagles, 5-0, in game one before defeating them 9-1 in game two. With the wins, VWU improves to 16-0 on the season while Emory goes to 7-7.

 

GAME 1: VWU - 5 EMORY -0

The Marlins spread out their runs over the course of this contest, plating a single player in five of their six times batting. In the first, it was an Amy Large sacrifice fly that brought home Madison Glaubke from third. The next inning, Kiersten Richardson ripped one up the middle, bringing home Maria Weddle from second.

After a scoreless third, a wild pitch in the fourth increased the lead to 3-0 as Richardson scored. In the following frame Teresa Cardamone grounded out but Weddle reached home for her second run of the game. The final run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth on a Cassetty Howerin RBI single.

Hanna Hull collected her ninth win of the season (9-0) as well as her sixth complete game. The sophomore finished with seven strikeouts only allowing one hit.

 

GAME 2: VWU - 9 EMORY - 1 (5 Inn.)

Unlike the first game, the Marlins piled in almost all of their runs in a single inning. With the bases loaded in the second, Beth Ford singled up the middle to score Daja Burgee. Bases still juiced, Glaubke took one to center that scored Julia Sinnett. Later in the inning, Large had a two-RBI single to put the Marlins up 4-0. Burgee followed that with a two-RBI single as well. Sinnett would put the home side up 7-0 with an RBI single and the final run of the frame was walked in.

The following inning, Large cracked her fourth home run of the season to put the Marlins up 9-0. Emory would tack on one in the fourth but that would be it.

Carla Hall dealt all 5.0 innings from the rubber, giving her her fourth win of the year (4-0).

Softball will have a quick turn around as the squad heads to Salisbury on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.