VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team kept its record clean as the team picked up two wins at TowneBank Park and Tom & Betty Broyles Field Saturday afternoon. The team opened up with a 15-0 win over Keuka College and finished the day shutting out Johnson and Wales University 5-0. With the two victories, the Marlins improve to 9-0 on the season.
GAME 1: VWU – 15 KC – 0
The Marlins scored at least one run in every inning they were at bat, starting with the bottom of the first when a Julia Sinnett single drove home Arianna Rolle from third. The team then bumped its lead to 5-0 in the following frame. After Daja Burgee singled and Maria Weddle doubled, Beth Ford was able to put a ball into left field driving home both runners. One batter later, Jessica Goldyn mashed a home run over the right field fence that drove in two more runs.
Another four pack of runs would come in the bottom of the fourth, beginning with a Weddle double that drove home Katelyn Biando. In the next at-bat, McKenzie Watts got in on the action hitting a hard ball back to the pitcher that drove in a run. Goldyn once again closed the inning with a ball that fell just short of the left field wall but allowed her to drive in two and get to second standing.
Virginia Wesleyan continued to put the foot to the gas in the fourth as they added six more runs, matching their season-high runs total. Burgee picked up the first RBI, as her groundout drove in Krissy D'Arco from third. After a Weddle triple, Watts nabbed her second RBI of the day with a single through the left side. A few batters later, Natalee Murphy picked up her first career hit as her single drove in Watts. Aiyanna Freeney followed that with a triple that cleared the other two runners on. Danielle Stewart would register the game's final RBI as she drove in Freeney on a Wolf error.
GAME 2: VWU – 5 J&W – 0
The Marlins rolled their dominant play into game two, opening up the game with two runs in the bottom of the first. Goldyn knocked a one-out double into right and after Madison Glaubke walked, both moved up a bag with a steal. With two outs, Sinnett came to the plate and issued a single to right field that drove in both existing runners.
After two scoreless innings, the Marlins dropped in two more. With the bases juiced, Goldyn continued her impressive day form the plate as her single drove in another two runs.
In the fifth, the Marlins picked up their final run courtesy of Stewart. Sinnett got things going with a double down the left field line. She was then driven home by Stewart who took a ball the opposite way.
Hanna Hull dominated from the circle, recording a no-hitter all the way through 6.2 innings. She would finish the day with just one hit allowed and 16 punch outs.
Softball returns to action at 2 p.m. on Tuesday as it hosts Averett University for the official Grand Opening of TowneBank Park and Tom & Betty Broyles Field.