SALISBURY, Maryland - The No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan softball team defeated the No. 21 Seagulls of Salisbury University in both games of the road doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in Salisbury, MD. The Marlins move to 5-1 on the season while the Seagulls are now 7-2.
GAME 1 - INSIDE THE SCORE
Game one began with the Marlins putting four runs on the board in the first inning to take an early 4-0 lead. Jessica Goldyn got the first hit of the game, a triple down the rightfield line, putting herself in great scoring poistion right from start. She was driven home on a single by Julia Sinnett for the first run of the game to get things started.
VWU added four more runs in the top of the second inning to take an 8-0 lead through the first two frames. One more came in the third for the Marlins who led 9-0 before the Seagulls found their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Virginia Wesleyan added one more tally to the board in the top of the fifth to win 10-1 in game one of the doubleheader.
VIRGINIA WESLEYAN LEADERS
The Marlins were led by Julia Sinnett with three runs on four hits and two RBI's in four at-bats. Madison Hudson recorded two runs on two hits and drove in two RBI in her four chances at the plate and Jessica Goldyn scored three runs on two hits in two at-bats and was walked twice.
Hanna Hull (W, 4-0) pitched three innings giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out five batters. Carla Hall threw one inning and gave up two hits and one run and Karlee Fretz threw an inning and went three-up and three-down with the aid of her defense.
The Seagulls were led by Natalie Paoli with a hit and an RBI in two at-bats. Abby Mace recorded the lone Seagull run. Savannah Sheats (L, 4-1) picked up the loss throwing one and a third innings and giving up five runs on five hits while walking two batters and striking out one. Alyssa Taylor came in relief pitching three and two-thirds innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out two.
GAME 2 - INSIDE THE SCORE
Game one began with Virginia Wesleyan continuing their hot streak scoring one run in the top of the first and added three more in the top of the second taking a 4-0 through the opening two frames. Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth innings and in the top of the fifth the Marlins came alive putting six on the board going up 10-0. Salisbury found one run in the bottom of the fifth to escape the shutout as No. 10 Virginia Wesleyan picked up two over the No. 21 Seagulls.
VIRGINIA WESLEYAN LEADERS
The Marlins were led by Jessica Goldyn in game two with one run on three hits in four at-bats and drove in three RBI and Maria Weddle collected one run on two hits with an RBI in three at-bats. Kaylah Duplain and Madison Hudson both crossed home plate twice for four of the 10 runs.
Hanna Hull (W, 5-0) pitched a complete game in the second game throwing five innings giving up just one run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Seagulls were led by Kaleigh Edwards with a hit and an RBI in three at-bats. Alissa Saverino crossed home for the lone run for SU.
Lindsey Windsor (L, 2-1) pitched four and a third innings giving up 10 runs on eight hits with one strikeout and four walks.
Virginia Wesleyan returns to action on Tuesday, March 3, when they host their North Carolina counterparts in NC Wesleyan at Tom and Betty Broyles Field at TowneBank Park for a rescheduled doubleheader. The Marlins and Battling Bishops meet on the field at 1:30 for two games.