Virginia Wesleyan opens NCAA Division III softball championship tournament with shutout victory

Virginia Wesleyan opens NCAA Division III softball championship tournament with shutout victory
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Kayla Womack hit a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Virginia Wesleyan to a win in its first game of the eight-team NCAA Division III softball championship in Salem.

The Marlins capitalized on a series of errors by St. Thomas to put up three runs in the sixth as they captured a 3-0 win over the No. 7 Tommies on Thursday.

St. Thomas, from Minnesota, finished with four errors, leading to three unearned runs.

It was a marquee pitching matchup between Hanna Hull of Virginia Wesleyan, the Division III all-time career wins leader, and St. Thomas’ Kierstin Anderson-Glass. Hull struck out six in the win, giving up just two hits, while Anderson-Glass had five strikeouts, holding the Marlins off the scoreboard until the sixth inning.

The Marlins had an injury scare early with Hull after a single up the middle by Bridget Armstrong hit her in her hand, prompting a quick stoppage of play.

Despite appearing to experience discomfort, Hull didn’t let it affect her as she finished with her eighth shutout of the season.

The Marlins next will play at 7 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Thursday night game between Birmingham-Southern and Rochester.