VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The top ranked Virginia Wesleyan University softball team kept its win streak going as it downed Guilford in both games of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park. Both games ended in five innings, with the Marlins topping the Quakers 9-0 in the first and 10-1 in the second. With the wins, VWU improves to 28-0 on the year and 8-0 in conference play.
Before the contests, the team also acknowledged its seven members of the senior class who have recorded the highest winning percentage of any four-year class in VWU history as well as ODAC history (148-18).
GAME 1: VWU – 9 GUILFORD – 0
Kiersten Richardson got things going as she opened up the first frame with a single. After stealing second and third, she was brought home on a Cassetty Howerin single through the left side. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, the Quakers would walk in a run, followed by a Maria Weddle RBI single thus giving the Marlins an early 3-0 lead. In the following inning, a Katelyn Biando Sacrifice fly would improve the score to 4-0.
The squad's final five runs all came in the third, beginning with a Julia Sinnett RBI single down the left field line. Richardson would follow that with a shot over the left field fence that scored two. After Madison Glaubke doubled, Howerin would have her turn in the home run column, bombing one in centerfield that would score two.
Hanna Hull started in the circle for the home side, allowing only a single hit through 3.0 innings. She would be relieved for senior Alana Peters, who held the Quakers hitless through the final two frames.
GAME 2: VWU – 10 GUILFORD – 1
Guilford was the first to get on the board in this one as the leadoff hitter took one over the right field fence. The lead didn't last long though as Richardson collected her second home run of the day in the second, plating three in the process.
In the third, the Marlins piled in the insurance runs as seven reached home plate. Amy Large doubled to start the side and Teresa Cardamone would trade places with her in the next at bat. A Beth Ford RBI single would eventually score Cardamone. Later in the frame, Biando picked up her second sac fly of the day scoring Ford from third. A pass ball error would then allow Richardson to score to make it 8-0. The final two runs of the tilt came on a Jessica Lindsay RBI double and a Large RBI single.
Hull once again picked up the win (19-0), tossing 3.0 innings and fanning five. She would be replaced by Carla Hall who allowed only two hits through her 2.0 innings dealing.
Softball will return to action at 5 p.m. on Wednesday as the squad travels to Christopher Newport University for a nationally-ranked matchup with the Captains.