VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team continued its perfect start to the season as it dropped Averett University in a pair of games Tuesday afternoon at the grand opening of Tom & Betty Broyles Field at TowneBank Park. The Marlins shut out the Cougars, 5-0 in game one before using a comeback effort to defeat Averett 4-1 in game two. With the result, the Marlins improve to 11-0 on the year while Averett drops to 9-6.
GAME 1: VWU – 5 AU – 0
After the Cougars went three-up-three-down to start the contest, the Marlins were able to put up a pair in the bottom of the first. With one out Jessica Goldyn singled through the right side and then stole second. She would be driven home as Madison Glaubke singled and got to third on an error by the outfielder. In the next at-bat, Julia Sinnett singled to plate the second run.
Things went scoreless for a while but the Marlins doubled up their lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Jessica Lindsay was able to make it safely to second on Cougar error. Nicole Lucia then singled into an outfield gap, allwing Lindsay to reach home. Jope Burleson would pinch hit and her single would put runners on the corner. This allowed Aiyanna Freeney to single one through the left side and increase the score to 4-0.
The final run would come by way of a sacrifice bunt. Maria Weddle led off with a double to center. Goldyn would move her to third with a sac bunt and a Glubke sac bunt would earn her her second RBI of the afternoon.
Hanna Hull continued her impressive start to the season as she picked up her sixth shutout victory. She punched out 14 through 7.0 innings, only allowing a pair of Cougar hits.
GAME 2: VWU – 4 AU – 1
Virginia Wesleyan found themselves in an unusual position as Averett scored the first earned run of the season in the top of the first. The 1-0 deficit would hold until the bottom of the fourth as the Marlins were finally able to get some runs on the board. Beth Ford got the movement going as she led off with a single. That brought up Goldyn, who mashed a ball down the right field line and over the wall to put VWU back up, 2-1. After a pair of Marlins earned bases-on-balls, the team was able to increase their lead as Lucia doubled off the left field wall, scoring both runners on base.
Carla Hall got the start in the circle, allowing just a single hit through the first 5.0 innings. She'd be awarded with the victory as Hull came in for the final 2.0 innings earning her her first save of the season.
Softball will return to action at 2:30 p.m. on Friday as the team will square off against nationally-ranked Salisbury right back at TowneBank Park.