SALEM, Va. - The top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University softball team staved off elimination as it split its first two games of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship friday afternoon in Salem, Va. The squad fell to #8 Guilford, 5-1, in game one before shutting out Roanoke, 8-0, in game two. With the outcomes, the Marlins go to 40-2, eclipsing the 40-win mark for the second-straight year.
GAME 1: GUILFORD - 5 VWU - 1 (8 Inn.)
The offense was lackluster in both of the dugouts as Guilford spouted out the sole run through 6.5 innings of play. With their backs against the wall, the Marlins needed at least one run in the bottom of the seventh to put it into extras. Amy Large would ge the frame started as she singled into right center. Maria Weddle would come in to pinch run and make it into scoring position on a wild pitch. With two outs, Amanda Archer was moved into the lineup to pinch hit. The move paid off immideatly as the senior cracked a single into the outfield, allowing Weddle to reach home and tie it up.
Unfortunately, momentum switched as the Quakers plated four in the eighth and the Marlins were unable to answer.
Hanna Hull was saddled with her second loss of the year (27-2), fanning seven in the process.
GAME 2: VWU- 8 ROANOKE - 0 (6 Inn.)
A double-elimination tournament, VWU needed a win to stay alive. The squad made no mistake this game, using the long ball to solidify its movement on to day two.
Sprinkling runs through the final five innings, the Marlins got their day started in the second. Weddle was credited with an RBI after she singled to bring home Large from third. One inning later, it was two-time All-American Cassetty Howerin who doubled to left center bringing around Glaubke from first.
In the fourth, the Marlins tacked on one more courtesy of a lead off home run from Jessica Lindsay. The junior catcher did not stop there though as one frame later, she clubbed her second homer of the game, plating two in the process.
In what would be the final inning, it was Weddle who supplied the power as she sent a solo shot over the center field fence. A few batters later, Howerin dumped a sacrifice fly into center to increase the lead to 7-0. Katelyn Biando would put the stamp on the game as she followed Howerin with an RBI single.
Hull collected her Division III-leading 27th win of the season, allowing just a single hit through 5.0 innings in the circle. Freshman Carla Hall would come in to close out the game, rendering the Maroons hitless in the sixth.
Softball will go on to day two of the ODAC Championship where it will take on Randolph-Macon. First pitch of the game will take place at 11 a.m.