VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University softball team picked up a pair of five inning victories over Bridgewater Saturday afternoon at TowneBank Park and Tom & Betty Broyles Field. The squad downed the Eagles 13-0 before securing an 11-3 win in game two. With the wins, the Marlins improve to 18-1 on the season while going to 5-1 in conference play. Bridgewater moves to 13-7 on the year (1-3 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU – 13 BC - 0
Like they have done all season, the Marlins opened up with a big first frame. With runners on a second and third, a passed ball allowed Madison Glaubke to make it home. Jessica Lindsay then batted home Jessica Goldyn who was on third. In the next at-bat, Lindsay made it home as Katelyn Biando doubled. Up 3-0 and the bases loaded, the Eagles walked in a run. The final run of the frame would come as Arianna Rolle singled to drive in Danielle Stewart.
Scoring continued in the second inning as the Marlins pushed across two more. With two runners on, Stewart sent a ball to left field that cleared both of them. Things really opened up in the fourth though as six more runs were tallied. Biando picked up another RBI with a single that scored Julia Sinnett. Kaylah Duplain added two RBI to her stat line as she doubled with the bases loaded. The final three Marlin runs would come on an Eagle error, a bases-loaded walk and a bases-loaded hit by pitch.
GAME 2: VWU – 11 BC -3
Game two was played a little closer than the first contest as the Eagles were finally able to put some runs on the board. Virginia Wesleyan took the early lead as a Sinnett double brought home Glaubke from second. One inning later, the Marlins added two more. A Stewart single to left brought home Hope Burleson from second and the second run came on an Eagle error.
The Eagles got one of their own in the top of the third, but the Marlins answered in the bottom of the frame. Stewart picked up her second RBI as her single up the middle allowed Sinnett to reach home from second.
Bridgewater narrowed the lead to just one in the top of the fifth, but a big bottom of the inning ended the game early. An error would bring home the first run, while back-to-back-back singles from Goldyn, Glaubke and Sinnett turned in three more. A little while later, a bases-loaded walk would drive in another run and Stewart ended things as her single plated the 11th run of the game.
Carla Hall (6-1) would get the win in the circle as she tossed the first 4.1 innings. Hull would then come in to close the final 0.2, earning a save in the process.
Softball turns around quickly for a contest at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Marlins will host Christopher Newport University for a match up between the top two teams in the country.