Softball Wins Two Forcing Winner-Take-All Championship Game

Softball Wins Two Forcing Winner-Take-All Championship Game

SALEM, Va. - The top-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University softball forced a winner-take-all finale at the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship on Sunday, eliminating Lynchburg, 7-3 before shutting out Randolph-Macon 4-0. With the results, the Marlins, who now hold a record of 39-4, have forced a single game against Randolph-Macon to determine who will be crowned ODAC Champion. That contest will take place on Monday at 10 a.m.

GAME 1: VWU - 7  LYN - 3

It was Lynchburg who got on the board first, hitting a two-run home run in the first. The Hornets increased their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third but in the bottom of the frame, the Marlins began their comeback. After Beth Ford singled and Madison Glaubke walked, Kaylah Duplain sent a liner into left center field, allowing both runners to round the bags.

Two innings later, the Marlins tied things up courtesy of Glaubke. Maria Weddle led off with a double and was moved to third on a Danielle Stewart sac bunt. That brought up Glaubke who jammed a full count single up the middle to knot things at 3-3.

Things really heated up in the bottom of the sixth as the Marlins plated four more insurance runs. Julia Sinnett led off with a single as was moved to second on a sac bunt. Jessica Lindsay then shot a ball up the middle that allowed Sinnett to reach home. Jessica Goldyn continued the hitting trend as she singled to put runners on first and second. After a Hornet pitching change, Weddle ripped a ball down the right field line to score both of the previous runners. The final run of the game was brought in by Ford, whose fielder's choice plated Weddle.

Carla Hall occupied the circle for the first 3.1 innings, striking out a pair of batters. Hanna Hull came in to finish the game, picking up the win with a six-strikeout performance.


GAME 2: VWU - 4  R-MC - 0

Facing their fifth-straight elimination game, the Marlins did not disappoint. VWU got on the board first beginning with a Glaubke single. Sinnett and Katelyn Biando followed that with back-to-back walks and a Goldyn single to center field put the Marlins up 2-0.

Virginia Wesleyan added one more in the second to make it 3-0. Stewart led off with a walk and was moved to second on a groundout. Glaubke would then single her across in the next at-bat. The final run of the game came by way of Katelyn Biando who reached on a fielder's choice that scored Glaubke from third.

Hull once again turned in a tremendous performance in the circle. The junior punched out eight Yellow Jackets en route to her 26th win of the year.