BUENA VISTA, Va. – The Wesley College softball team got a pair of great pitching performances and offensive contributions from everyone on the roster, run-ruling Southern Virginia, 14-1 in both games on Friday afternoon at Harvey-Dryden Field. With the two victories, the Wolverines improve to 11-5 while the Knights fall to 0-10.
Lindsay Siok was masterful in the circle and every Wolverine who received an at bat got at least one hit in the opener.
After giving up a run in the first, Siok was perfect in the next four innings and retired her 13th-straight batter for the first out of the sixth before allowing a base knock. Siok quickly bounced back and struck out the next batter before getting a popup to end the game.
Giving Siok plenty of cushion was the Wolverines offensive attack who scored three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the second before erupting for eight runs on six hits and a couple of Knights errors to put the game out of reach.
Devin Mackay scored the tying run on an error by the catcher in the third after starting the rally with a one-out walk. Nina Marcano then drew a second-straight free pass before Sarah Saunders' single loaded the bases. With two runners still in scoring position, Ashly Bendorovich singled to drive in both Marcano and Saunders.
Mackay was also involved in the scoring in the fourth as she collected an RBI with a single up the middle to score Steph Caracozza who singled to start the frame and advanced sixty feet on Morgan Seymour's fielder's choice.
In the fifth, Seymour delivered with a two-run single which scored Kayla Fromal and Breanna Harman to extend the Wolverines lead to 6-1 after five innings.
Southern Virginia then brought in a relief pitcher hoping to stop the bleeding, but Wesley then ruptured the wound. Collecting RBIs in the sixth was Saunders, Bendorovich, Hartman and Mackay before Olivia DeGraba's two-run single with the bases loaded.
Siok improved to 6-2 with the victory, allowing just a run on three hits while fanning three. She also helped her own cause with a run scored along with a single and a double. Saunders had a team-high three hits while Caracozza, Bendorovich, Fromal and Hartman also had multi-hit efforts in the opener. Marcano also walked three times while going 1-for-2 with a double and three runs scored as Bendorovich drove in three runs.
Game two was much more of the same as Wesley tacked on single runs in the first two innings before adding three in the third before a nine-run fifth inning to break the game wide open. Marcano scored in the first with a walk and a couple stolen bases before crossing home on an error while Fromal homered to start the second inning.
Bendorovich drove in a run in the third, her first of three RBIs for the second-straight game, and Brook Creighton added a two-run single later in the inning before Southern Virginia got one run back in its half of the inning.
After a scoreless fourth inning for both squads, the Navy & White got nine runs on five hits and three SVU errors.
Lily Engel finished the day allowing just a run on five hits in her fifth victory of the year.
Wesley returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 1 when it travels to take on Immaculata for a 3 pm doubleheader.