SALEM Va. – In a jam packed Saturday, the No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team kept its record clean as it picked up three wins at the Mountain Mash in Salem, Va. The Marlins downed SUNY Fredonia, 2-0, to start the day and then defeated Pitt-Bradford 6-2 in game number two. The team then finished off the day with another shutout victory as they defeated Kean University 3-0. With the wins, the Marlins improve to 5-0 on the year.
GAME 1: VWU – 2 FRED – 0
The Marlins got things going in the third inning as Arianna Rolle led the frame off with a walk. She would go on to steal second and then make it to third on a throwing error. She would eventually be plated on a wild pitch, giving the Marlins the 1-0 lead.
Virginia Wesleyan's second run would come in almost identical fashion. Julie Fassl would lead off with a walk and would find herself at third after a couple more at-bats. Much like the first run, the Blue Devil pitcher tossed a wild pitch, allowing Fassl to reach home.
Hanna Hull would get the complete game victory, punching out an impressive 18 Fredonia batters.
GAME 2: VWU – 6 PB – 2
For the first time of the season, the Marlins played from behind as the Panthers put up two in the top of the second. The lead did not last long though as the Marlins answered with two of their own. With two outs, Makenzie Watts was walked. After a Beth Ford walk, the Marlins would pull a double steal. On the throw to second, the short stop muffed it and that allowed Watts to get home. In the next at-bat, Aiyanna Freeney would single, scoring Ford from second.
One frame later, VWU took the lead. Jessica Lindsay led off with a single and would get to third as Fassl doubled two at-bats later. A Daja Burgee groundout would eventually plate the senior from third.
In the fourth, the Marlins piled in three more. Watts led off with a single and after a stolen bag and a Ford single, the Marlins would have runners at the corner. After Watts was thrown out on a steal attempt, Freeney was able to get Ford home with a single. A little bit later, the bases were loaded for Danielle Stewart, who flew out to left field, but allowed Freeney to score in the process. Fassl would then single to score Julia Sinnett in the next at-bat.
Carla Hall picked up her second win of the year in the circle, tossing four batters out in the process.
GAME 3: VWU – 3 KEAN – 0
Not a whole lot of action in this game as all three runs came in a single inning. Jessica Goldyn got things going as she hit a one-out triple. She would reach home in the next at-bat as Katelyn Biando singled. With one on, Stewart jacked one out of the park increasing the Marlin lead to 3-0.
Solid pitching helped close put the game as Hull struck out 13 in her second complete-game win of the day.
Softball will return to action at 2 p.m. on Wednesday as the team hosts Salisbury University for the Marlins home opener.