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Shenandoah outlasts Cougars for 12-inning victory


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DANVILLE -- Shenandoah University opened its Easter weekend baseball series against Averett with a 9-6 USA South Conference win on Friday.

For the second straight conference game, it took extra innings for the Hornets (23-5, 6-3 USA South) to earn the win.

Against Averett (20-13, 4-5), it took 12 innings to finally dispatch the Cougars and earn a seventh straight victory.

Junior designated hitter Greg Van Sickler, who had started the game on the mound, had the game-winning RBI with a two-run double down the left-field line.

In addition to being the game-winning hit, Van Sickler's two-bagger was the 48th of his career and gave him the all-time lead in that category at Shenandoah.

The late-inning heroics made it two conference games in a row that the Hornets had come from behind to win. Averett, on the strength of two runs in the third and another in the fourth, led the game 3-0 until the Hornets scored a single run in the sixth.

The Cougars' advantage remained at two runs until the eighth, when Jon Holcomb's single through the right side knotted matters at 4-4.

Holcomb's single plated Adam Delauter and pinch runner Kurt Krout from second and third, respectively. Delauter had reached on a one-out single to center after pinch hitter Chris Ferry found himself on first via a fielder's choice. Krout came in to run for Ferry, and both he and Delauter moved up a base on a wild pitch.

The two teams traded runs in the ninth, setting up extra baseball for the second time this season.

Sophomore Kyle Scallion (5-0) earned the win with four innings of relief work. Scallion allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while also striking out two.

He was the third Shenandoah pitcher of the day. Van Sickler went the initial 7 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits. He had six strikeouts.

Sophomore Jake Pendergraft had three of the Hornets' 14 hits with Scott Van Dusseldorp, Cory Nelson and Holcomb getting two apiece.

The two teams complete their series with a 1 p.m. game today.


College softball

Meredith 4-5, Shenandoah 3-0

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Shenandoah University took a serious hit to its hopes for a USA South Conference regular-season softball title by being swept on Friday at Meredith College.

Shenandoah (12-9-1, 4-3 USA South) saw Meredith (18-10, 8-4) take 4-3 and 5-0 wins to sweep the Hornets for the first time ever.

The Hornets held a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the opening game, only to see the Avenging Angels rally for a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the frame.

Down to her last strike, starting pitcher Amanda Beirne laced a game-tying single to right with two outs to give her club new life.

After the Hornets squandered a second and third, one-out situation in the ninth, Meredith combined an infield single and a sacrifice fly to score the game-winning run.

Sophomore Brooke Over (6-5) took the loss after allowing four runs (only one earned) on seven hits and two walks in 8 2/3 innings. She struck out seven.

Shortstop Jolisa Jones was 3-for-4 to lead Shenandoah at the plate.

The Hornets managed just one hit, a fourth-inning single to center by Ashley Plaugher, in the second game.

Shenandoah's Amanda Litwin (6-4) pitched a complete game, having up five earned runs on eight hits and one walk against three strikeouts.

The Hornets complete their weekend trip with a USA South Conference doubleheader today at Greensboro.



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