No. 1 Marlins Provide Spark in Strike Out Cancer Game
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan College softball team pushed its winning streak to 17 games as the Marlins swept Roanoke College on Strike Out Cancer Day at Marlins Field.
The Marlins have set a goal to raise $17,587 dollars for the American Cancer Society. Accomplishing that goal would bring the Marlins' nine-year total to $100,000 raised. A firm amount raised will be available in the coming days.
Game 1: 3-2 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
The Marlins scored their first run of the ball game in the bottom of the first after Kiersten Richardson tagged up and scored on a Howerin sacrifice fly to center field.
Hull (17-1) threw a complete game, striking out 10 while allowing two unearned runs. Her ERA on the season is now 0.51 as she continues to pace the nation with 197 strikeouts in just 109 innings.
Roanoke's starter, Teresa Wagner, went 6.1 innings allowing three runs, two earned, and only allowing three this. Her ERA is 0.68, which is second in the ODAC to Hull.
The Maroons were able to push two runs across in the top of the fifth inning when Ruthie Williams reached on an error, which allowed Taylor Carter and Rachel Gulliams to score.
Game 2: 8-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory (5 innings)
The Marlins wasted no time to get the offense going as they scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to defeat Roanoke in the nightcap.
Courtney Wright (13-0) remained perfect on the year going five innings, allowing two hits, while striking out three batters. Taylor Asimakopoulos (1-5) took the loss for Roanoke going 2.2 innings, allowing eight runs and striking out one Marlin.
Kiersten Richardson walked to start the game and then stole second base. Liz Bailey singled to left-center, bringing Richardson around for the 1-0 lead. Hanna Hull stepped to the plate after a Cassetty Howerin single and a Blake Henderson walk that loaded the bases. Hull was hit by a pitch that allowed Bailey to score. Madison Glaubke then tripled to right-center field, which cleared the bases to put the Marlins up 5-0.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Jessica Lindsay doubled and Glaubke followed it up with a single to have two runners on for Kaylah Duplain. The freshman Duplain singled to center field to score both to push the lead to 7-0. Richardson singled to plate Duplain for the 8-0 lead.
No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan (33-1/14-0) returns to action on the road Tuesday against Eastern Mennonite University (21-7/9-7) for a doubleheader scheduled to start at 3 p.m.