BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team got right back on track as they grinded out two wins against Bridgewater Saturday afternoon. The Marlins downed the Eagles, 5-3, before using a comeback effort to seal a 3-1 victory in game two. With the wins, VWU sits at 37-1 on the season and 15-1 in ODAC play.
GAME 1: VWU – 5 BC - 3
The Marlins got off to an early lead, sprinkling a single run in the each of the first two innings. In the opening frame a Katelyn Biando single scored Madison Glaubke and in the second, it was a Julia Sinnett double that plated Jessica Lindsay.
After allowing the Eagles to score a single run in the third, the Marlins increased their lead to 4-1 as Cassetty Howerin sent a single up the middle that allowed both Kiersten Richardson and Beth Ford to reach home. Bridgewater didn't back down though as in the bottom of that frame they put up two runs to cut the deficit to one. A Sinnett solo shot in the sixth insured the Marlin victory though.
Hanna Hull collected her 26th win from the rubber this year as she tossed a complete game while fanning 13 batters.
GAME 2: VWU – 3 BC – 1
It was an unfamiliar position for the Marlins as they gave up an opening inning run to the Eagles. Both sides went scoreless for the next three innings but a Howerin single in the fifth evened the game back up at 1-1.
Dead even going into the seventh, VWU finally woke up its bats. Amy Large led the side off with a double and Ford (pinch running for Large) was eventually brought home on a bunt single by Glaubke. Glaubke would eventually steal second and then score on a Biando single to make the game 3-1. That was all the team would need as Carla Hall dished a strikeout and forced to groundouts to end the contest.
Hall nabbed her seventh win of the year as the freshman allowed just five hits and six strikeouts in a complete game effort.
Softball will return to action at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday as the squad hosts Emory & Henry for its "Strikeout Cancer" games. At the event, there will a silent auction as well as many other places to donate with all proceeds making their way to the American Cancer Society.