ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The No. 2 Virginia Wesleyan University swept North Carolina Wesleyan College Wednesday afternoon on the road. The squad shut the Battling Bishops out, 3-0, in game one before downing them 10-3 in game two. With the results, the Marlins move to 25-2 on the season while NC Wesleyan moves to 15-10.
GAME 1: VWU – 3 NCWC – 0
Pitching was the name of the game in this one as two-time National Player of the Year through an absolute gem, no-hitting the Battling Bishops. The junior punched out 17 batters en route to her 17th win of the year.
As for the offense, the Marlins earned their first run in the opening frame. Jessica Goldyn led off with a double and proceeded to steal third. One batter later, Julia Sinnett popped one out to centerfield that would go down as a sacrifice as Goldyn was able to reach home. Scoring halted until the fifth as Goldyn reached home again, this time on an N.C. Wesleyan error.
The final run of the contest came by way of Kaylah Duplain. Katelyn Biando led the inning off with a double and was moved to third on a Jessica Lindsay sacrifice bunt. Duplain would then single into center, plating the game's final run.
GAME 2: VWU – 10 NCWC – 3
Unlike game one, runs came in fast and plentiful in the day's second contest. The Marlins opened up with two runs as a Goldyn single allowed Madison Glaubke and Sinnett to reach home. The Battling Bishops answered right back in the bottom of the frame though, using a three-run homer to take their first lead of the day.
Virginia Wesleyan only trailed for a moment though as the team plated two more in the second inning. With runners on first and third, a throwing error would allow Duplain to reach home. One batter later a Glaubke ground out brought home Daja Burgee from third.
It remained a one-run game until the sixth, when Julie Fassl changed the temperature. After a Burgee walk and a Duplain HBP, Fassl crushed a three-run shot, just her second of her career. The final two runs would come in the seventh as Duplain hit an RBI single and Karlee Fretz grounded into a double play, but allowed Lindsay to score.
Softball returns to action again at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the team heads to Lynchburg for another ODAC doubleheader.