VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team split its twin bill with Ferrum Saturday afternoon at TowneBank Park and Tom & Betty Broyles Field. The Marlins took game one by a score of 5-0 before dropping game two, 1-0. With the results, the Marlins finish the regular season with a record of 34-3 and 18-2 in conference play.
GAME 1: VWU – 5 FC – 0
Hanna Hull hit a benchmark only few in Division III have before as she cruised to her 22nd win of the year. The junior tossed 15 strikeouts, which pushed her career total to 1,005 and making her just the 25th player ever to reach the 1,000 career strikeout total. The lefty was also just a hit batter away from a perfect game, keeping the Panthers competely hitless and not allowing a single walk.
As for the offense, the Marlins tacked on a single run in the opening frame, due in part to an error by the Panthers. Madison Glaubke led off with a walk and proceeded to steal second. She would go on to steal third and in the attempt, the ball was overthrown, allowing her to take home.
Scoring went silent for both sides until the bottom of the sixth as Virginia Wesleyan was able to pile in four more. Julia Sinnett led off with a double and was pinch ran for by Krissy D'Arco. Katelyn Biando would then single to place runners on the corners. With Mckenzie Watts pinch running for her, she would steal second and an error would send both runners across the plate. Up 3-0, Kaylah Duplain singled and then took second. Jessica Lindsay then reached on an error, setting runners at the corners once again. With Aiyanna Freeney pinch running for Duplain, she would steal second and a Maria Weddle sacrifice fly would advance both runners, scoring another. Danielle Stewart recorded the final RBI as her groundout to second allowed Freeney to reach.
GAME 2: FC – 1 VWU – 0
The offense struggled to get going in this contest, as the Marlins were held scoreless for the first time since May 13, 2016. Ferrum got the game's only run as a Panther runner beat out a throw home on a sacrifice fly. VWu got runners on second and third in the bottom of the frame, but were unable to send them home.
Despite being saddled with the loss, Carla Hall turned in an excellent performance in the circle. The sophomore hurled all 7.0 innings, allowing just three Panther hits.
Softball will return to action again at 12 p.m. on Friday as the team will compete in the ODAC Championship. The squad clinched the top seed in the tournament and will square off against Ferrum in a rematch of today's contest.