Virginia Wesleyan Wins and Forces an If Necessary Game

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (May 28) – Teresa Cardamone’s three-run home run in the first inning gave top-ranked Virginia Wesleyan a lead it never relinquished and the Marlins went on to topple defending champion Texas-Tyler 5-2 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Finals Sunday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Complex.

VWC (51-3) avenged a 4-1 first-round loss to the fourth-rated Patriots (46-5) with the win and forced an “if necessary” game at 5:30 p.m., with the winner of that contest moving into the best-of-three championship finals that start Monday.

Kiersten Richardson started the game with a lead-off walk and Cassetty Howerin drew a one-out walk before Cardamone came through with her two-out blast to left field.  It was just the second homer of the season for the junior.

UTT got close in the second on Hannah Moor’s two-run single that made it 3-2 and it stayed that way until the Marlins pushed across two insurance runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Richardson and Howerin.

Freshman Courtney Wright saw her first action of the tournament in the circle and had a stellar outing, giving up just two hits and three walks while striking out one to remain unbeaten (16-0) on the season.

Seven different players had a hit for VWC.