No. 10 Marlins Down Lynchburg in ODAC Play
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The No. 10-ranked Virginia Wesleyan College softball team allowed just one run in a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) games to defeat Lynchburg College 4-1 and 3-0 Saturday afternoon.
Game 1: 4-1 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
The Marlins started the scoring in the first inning with back-to-back one-out singles from Kayla Dost and Cassetty Howerin. Blake Henderson followed in the cleanup spot and drove in the pair with a double to left-center.
The 2-0 lead carried into the fourth inning when Howerin led off the inning with a single in front of a Jessica Lindsay two-run homer.
Lynchburg put two runners on base in the first and third inning, but would not be able to touch VWC starter Mary Shipp until the seventh inning. With two outs, Lynchburg had Leslie Bourgeois on third base and Skylar Dickens on first by way of singles. Kayla St. John singled on a bleeder off the end of the bat that spun to a stop by the first-base bag to score Bourgeois and ruin the shutout bid.
St. John, Nicole Riley, and Logan Walker each had two hits for Lynchburg.
Dost and Howerin had two hits each for the Marlins while Henderson and Lindsay each drove in two runs. Shipp (9-3) allowed one run on nine hits while striking out six in seven innings of work.
Game 2: 3-0 Virginia Wesleyan Victory
It did not take much scoring to win the second game as Kandis Kresinske threw her first collegiate complete game.
Virginia Wesleyan added insurance tallies in the third as Howerin's double into the right-center field gap scored Courtney Bogan for a 2-0 edge. Henderson followed with a single, scoring on a Taylor Galvin double for the 3-0 margin.
Dickens with 2-of-2 for Lynchburg (7-9/2-2), collecting two of the Hornets' three hits in the game.
Howerin went 3-of-3 for the Marlins while Kresinske (7-1) struck out four and allowed just three hits and three walks in seven shutout innings.
No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan (17-4/4-0) travels to No. 3 Christopher Newport University (17-2) on Wednesday for a doubleheader set to start at 5 p.m.