No. 1 Marlins Dominate Lynchburg on Saturday
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan College softball team scored 14 runs in Saturday's doubleheader, holding Lynchburg College to just two runs across 14 innings of action.
Game 1: 5-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
Virginia Wesleyan and Lynchburg remained scoreless until the Marlins scored on a Hanna Hull sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Marlins were able to break the game open of the top of the seventh when Kiersten Richardson and Cassetty Howerin both connected for two-run home runs.
Hanna Hull (20-1) got the win for Marlins pitching all seven innings, allowing three hits to the Hornets while striking out seven. She has 216 strikeouts on the season, leading the nation in the category. She is two strikeouts away from tying Brittaney Brown for the single-season school record, set in 2010.
Howerin went 3-for-3 on the day while Richardson and Liz Bailey both went 1-for-3 to round out the five Marlin hits.
Courtney English (8-8) got the loss for Lynchburg, allowing five runs on five hits in 6.2 innings in the circle.
Game 2: 9-2 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
Virginia Wesleyan pushed its winning streak to 21 games while remaining perfect in ODAC play with a 9-2 win in Saturday's nightcap.
The Marlins trailed 1-0 after the first inning of play, but answered with two runs in the top of the second to take the 2-1 lead.
A seven-run fifth inning pushed the lead to 9-1, putting the game out of reach for the Hornets. The inning started with a pair of singles sandwiching a sacrifice bunt to put runners on the corners with one out. Madison Glaubke singled on a bunt, scoring Blake Henderson from third for the 3-1 edge. Kaylah Duplain followed with a double to score LeAnn Adkins and Glaubke to make it 5-1. Two-RBI doubles off the bats of Richardson and Howerin rounded out the scoring.
Courtney Wright (14-0) remained perfect on the season after throwing a complete game, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out two.
The Marlins (37-1/18-0) conclude their regular season on Saturday against Bridgewater College (8-24/3-13) at home for Senior Day. First pitch will be at 1 p.m.