Daily Staff Report
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- The Shenandoah University baseball team opened up the NCAA Division III South Regional tournament Wednesday morning with an 11-1 win over Bridgewater.
With the win, Shenandoah (35-8) advances to a 2:30 p.m. game today against York (Pa.).
Bridgewater (23-19) will face Salisbury at 11 a.m. today in an elimination game.
Junior Greg Van Sickler (8-2) allowed seven hits and one run (on a home run in the eighth inning) in eight innings before turning it over to Bobby Stefanowicz for the ninth.
Van Sickler retired the side in the first, third and fourth as he struck out five and walked just one to post his team-best eighth win of the season.
The Hornets banged out 19 hits in the victory, including at least one each by eight of the nine starters. Senior Jesse Henry led Shenandoah's offense with four hits in five at-bats, while Van Sickler and Mike Smith were each 3-for-5 and Keaton Neeb 3-for-4.
Six starters drove in at least one run, with senior Jon Holcomb getting the scoring started with a three-run single in the second.
Smith sparked that second-inning rally with a single up the middle before Neeb doubled to right. Following a strikeout and a Kevin Brashears walk, Holcomb drove in all three men with a single back up the middle.
Shenandoah continued to pour things on by scoring at least one run in every inning except for the seventh. Coach Kevin Anderson's club scored two runs each in the fourth, sixth and eighth while adding single runs in the third and fifth.
Alex Foltz (6-2) took the loss for the Eagles after allowing seven runs (six earned) on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was one of five pitchers Bridgewater used in the loss.