Virginia Wesleyan jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first inning of Tuesday’s decisive Game 3 and never relinquished the lead, riding that first inning to the 2018 NCAA DIII softball championship, its second straight national title. The Marlins topped Illinois Wesleyan after splitting Monday’s games.

The Marlins won Game 1 6-1 on Monday, as Hanna Hull pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits with nine strikeouts. Illinois Wesleyan then forced a Game 3 with a 5-4 eight-inning victory behind Maggie Graham’s game-winning RBI double.

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