VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team split its doubleheader with No. 2 Christopher Newport University Sunday afternoon at TowneBank Park. The Marlins defeated the Captains, 3-1, in game one but fell in extras, 2-1, in game two. With the result, the Marlins move to 19-2 on the season and the Captains go to 16-2.
GAME 1: VWU – 3 CNU – 1
It was a pitcher's duel early on as neither team could produce much at the plate. That changed in the third inning as a Madison Glaubke home run gave the Marlins the first runs of the day. Arianna Rolle opened up the action with a one out single and Jessica Goldyn followed that with a single of her own. That brought Glaubke to the plate who drilled a ball over the left field plate to give the home side the 3-0 lead. A Captain home run in the sixth would draw them close but solid defense and pitching prevented any type of comeback.
Hanna Hull picked up the win in the circle, striking out 14 and only allowing two hits through 7.0 innings of work.
GAME 2: CNU – 2 VWU – 1 (8 Inn.)
Once again, the scoring started in the third inning, but this time it was Christopher Newport who tallied one in the top of the stanza. Virginia Wesleyan answered right back though, tying it back up in the bottom of the frame. Glaubke and Julia Sinnett would get back-to-back singles and then double steal to put runners in scoring position. That brought up Katelyn Biando who sent a ball deep into center field that was easily caught but far enough to let the runner from third reach home.
The two sides would remain knotted at 1-1 for the four innings, pushing the game to extras. CNU would produce one run in the top of the eighth on an error and the Marlins were not able to answer the call again.
Carla hall tossed the first 7.0 innings, allowing just one run as she did not factor in the decision. Hull would then come in for the eighth, getting tagged with loss despite not giving up an earned run.
Softball will return to action again at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a road battle with North Carolina Wesleyan College.