VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University softball team took down Shenandoah in a pair of games on Thursday afternoon at TowneBank Park (Tom & Betty Broyles Field). The squad claimed a 9-1 victory in game one before taking the Hornets down 15-3 in game two. With the wins, the Marlins improve to 33-2 on the year and 17-1 in conference.
GAME 1: VWU – 9 SU – 1 (5 Inn.)
The offense started slow, with only one run coming in each of the first two innings. A Jessica Goldyn, groundout scored Madison Glaubke to plate the first run and the run in the second frame was walked in. The Hornets would narrow the deficit to one in the third but then the Marlin offense really began to stir.
In the fourth, an error would allow Aiyanna Freeney to take home and two batters later a Goldyn double drove in both Arianna Rolle and Glaubke. Now up 5-1, the Marlins would plate four more in the fifth to bring the game to an early end. Danielle Stewart earned an RBI as her single up the middle drove home Kaylah Duplain. Nicole Lucia and Maria Weddle would both pick up RBIs on the Hornets doing as they the freshman earned a bases-loaded base-on-balls and the sophomore was plunked with a pitch. Goldyn would cap things off with a single that scored Weddle.
Hanna Hull struck out nine in the circle, improving her record to 21-1 on the year.
GAME 2: VWU – 15 SU – 3 (5 Inn.)
If the Marlins offense was hot during game one, it would be considered on fire in game two as the team knocked a season-high 20 hits. At the game's conclusion, 12 Marlins had registered a hit and nine different Marlins registered an RBI.
The game got away from the visitors quickly as VWU tallied six in the opening frame. Back-to-back doubles from Julia Sinnett and Katelyn Biando helped drive in three runs and singles from Danielle Stewart, McKenzie Watts and Arianna Rolle accounted for the other three runs.
Both teams notched a run in the second inning (VWU from a Weddle RBI single) but a five run third from the Marlins put the game away. Goldyn and Weddle both chopped out triples while Karlee Fretz recorded an RBI single and Sinnett a sac fly.
Runs continued to pile up in the bottom of the fourth as Weddle had her fourth hit of the day drive in one. Fretz would notch her second RBI of the day with a single to left and a Daja Burgee single up the middle sealed up the victory.
Softball returns to action again at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday as the team hosts Ferrum in the regular season finale. This doubleheader also marks the Marlins Strikeout Cancer Game.