VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team swept Emory & Henry in a road doubleheader on Saturday. The squad downed the Wasps 7-2 in game one before capturing a late 5-1 victory in game two. With the win, the Marlins improve to 21-2 on the season and move to 7-1 in conference action.
GAME 1: VWU - 7 E&H - 2
Things got going early as the Marlins tallied one in the opening frame. Jessica Goldyn earned a lead off walk and proceeded to steal second. Two batters later she was brought home on a Julia Sinnett single. E&H tied it up in the next inning but the deadlock was minimal as in the third Sinnett and Katelyn Biando hit back-to-back doubles to put the Marlins back on top. The lead was increased to 3-1 in the fourth as Kaylah Duplain took a ball for a ride over the right field fence.
The Wasps would cut into the lead a bit in the fourth but runs in the final three frames made it a clean win for the Marlins. Jessica Lindsay cranked a pair of homers in the fifth and sixth innings while Madison Glaubke split that with an RBI double in the sixth.
Hanna Hull tossed all 7.0, striking out 10 batters and earning her 13th win of the year.
GAME 2: VWU - 5 E&H - 1
Unlike game one, scoring came at a premium in the day's second contest. Both teams were held off the board until the fourth inning, when the Marlins were able to turn one in on a Wasp error. Emory & Henry answered right back in the bottom of the frame though, and things would remained knotted at 1-1 until the seventh inning.
In the top of the seventh, Glaubke earned a lead off walk. Runners would then be on second and third as Sinnett followed that with a double. A Biando sacrifice fly would break the tie and a Jessica Lindsay homerun one batter later (her third of the day) would give the Marlins a 4-1 lead. Later in the inning, Maria Weddle would hit a double that would drive home Hope Burleson to give us the final score of 5-1.
Carla Hall tossed the first 4.2 innings from the circle allowing just the single run. Hull would close things out to earn her 14th win, striking out four over the last 2.1.
Softball makes the quick move to play at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday as the team will play a doubleheader at Guilford.