RALEIGH, N.C. – The back-to back defending National Champion Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up right where it left off, downing Meredith in both games of a doubleheader Friday afternoon. The Marlins dropped the Angels 15-0 (5 Inn.) in game one before completing the sweep with a 9-0 (5 Inn.) win. With the result the VWU improves to 2-0 on the year while Meredith drops to 0-2.
GAME 1: VWU – 15 MC – 0 (5 Inn.)
The Marlins wasted no time as the team put up four in the contest's opening inning. Two came by way of walk, one a Meredith error and Kaylah Duplain drove in the last one. Two more were driven in in the following inning as Madison Glaubke doubled home Arianna Rolle and a Kailtyn Biando fly out plated Glaubke.
A big third inning all but tucked away the win for the Marlins beginning with a bases loaded walk. Up 7-0 with the bases still loaded Julia Sinnett ripped one to center that brought home two. The other two runners would score on the following at-bat as Jessica Lindsay sent a ball over the right field fence.
The final three runs would come in the next two innings as Sinnett earned another RBI in the fourth, Danielle Stewart registered her first career homer with a solo shot in the fifth and Aiyanna Freeney recorded her first collegiate RBI with a groundout that scored Krissy D'Arco.
At the game's conclusion, 11 different Marlins recorded a hit including three from leadoff batter Arianna Rolle.
On the rubber, two-time National Player of the Year Hanna Hull made light work of her opponent. The junior struck out 12 of her 13 batters faced earning the win. Sofia Eskola would come in in the fifth to finish the job.
GAME 2: VWU – 9 MC – 0 (5 Inn.)
Like game one, the Marlins were the first to strike. With the bases loaded, Duplain would earn a walk that sent Biando across the plate. In the following inning Virginia Wesleyan tacked on three more. Rolle would get on and steal second only to be driven home by a Glaubke single to center. After a Biando walk, Sinnett would double to center, sending the two existing runners home.
The last five runs all came in the fifth frame. Beth Ford tripled to start the side and was immediately brought home on a Rolle groundout. Later with runners at the corners, a steal play allowed Glaubke to reach. After Lindsay was walked in the next at-bat, Freeney singled up the middle to score Sinnett from third and Julie Fassl would top things off with a two-RBI double into left.
Carla Hall matched the previous games pitching as she allowed only a single Meredith hit across all five innings.
Softball will return to action again at 2 p.m. on Tuesday as the squad heads to North Carolina Wesleyan College for a doubleheader with the battling Bishops.