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BRIDGEWATER -- No. 4/6 Shenandoah University ran its season-opening baseball winning streak to nine games Wednesday afternoon with an 11-4 non-league victory over future Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Bridgewater College.

The Hornets (9-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings and led 8-3 after six before closing out the Eagles (5-5) with two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Senior Clint DeHaven got things started for SU with a three-run home run in the second. DeHaven had his best day in a Hornets uniform with three hits in five at-bats, including a double and the three-run homer.

Senior All-America Greg Van Sickler also went deep for Shenandoah when he connected for a solo shot in the fourth.

DeHaven's and Van Sickler's home runs were two of 15 hits on the afternoon for the Hornets. Kevin Brashears, like Van Sickler a pre-season All-America, led the offense with four hits in five at-bats while sophomore Kurt Krout was 3 for 3 with a run batted in.

Senior Brian Goddard (2-0) was the winning pitcher after allowing three runs on 10 hits and two walks in eight innings. He struck out five before turning it over to classmate Brian Fream to start the ninth.

After Fream hit the only batter he faced, junior Kyle Scallion induced three groundouts following a base on balls to end the contest.

Shenandoah returns to the diamond on Saturday for the opening game of its USA South Conference game against N.C. Wesleyan. Van Sickler (3-0) is the Hornets' scheduled starter for the 1 p.m. contest.

Women's track

NEW ORLEANS -- The Shenandoah women's track & field team has entered the USTFCCCA Regional rankings this week as the No. 10 team in rankings released Wednesday by the organization.

The Hornets, who have been as high as sixth regionally in the power poll, move up two spots this week to 10th in the South/Southeast Region after finishing eighth at the MAC Indoor Championships last week.

SU is one of three USA South Conference teams in the rankings and one of six from Virginia.

Christopher Newport, which was first last week, leads this group of state schools by being ranked second. The Captains trail region leader Emory (Ga.) by 97.25 points.

The Hornets have 78.90 points in the poll to come in 24.85 points behind Centre (Ky.)
Shenandoah opens up its outdoor season Saturday at Salisbury University.

Men's tennis

WINCHESTER -- Host Bridgewater College earned its first men's tennis victory of the year with a 6-2 non-league victory over Shenandoah Wednesday afternoon.

The Eagles (1-3) took a 2-1 lead after doubles and then clinched the match with victories at Nos. 2, 3 and 5 singles.

The final match on the court, No. 1 singles, was suspended due to darkness.

Shenandoah (3-3) got wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 6 singles.

Michael Milanov and Dustan DeMello were 8-6 winners in doubles before Tim Lutz won 6-2, 3-6, 10-4 at No. 6 in singles.

SU is back in action next Friday at Averett in its USA South Conference opener.

Women's lacrosse

WINCHESTER -- Visiting Lynchburg College won the women's lacrosse battle of the Hornets Wednesday night with a 16-4 non-league victory over Shenandoah.

The LC Hornets (1-0) got a Lesley Buckingham goal just 35 seconds into the contest and never looked back against SU (0-2).

Freshman Samantha Sisson scored Shenandoah's opening tally with a free position goal at 25:59, but coach Lindsey West's club got no closer than one goal the rest of the way.

Lynchburg answered Sisson's tally with 10 of the next 12 goals to take a commanding 11-3 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first.

Melissa Morgan finally stopped this run with a goal off of a Jennie Ott assist at 4:08 before LC closed the half with goals at 1:57 and 1:25.

A three-goal Lynchburg run at the start of the second pushed the advantage to 11 and LC closed out the scoring with goals at 5:14 and :46.

Lynchburg outshot SU 33-7 and scooped up 28 of the game's 46 groundballs.
Shenandoah keeper Ashley Cross made nine saves.

The SU Hornets open up USA South Conference play this weekend with games at Agnes Scott on Saturday and LaGrange on Monday.

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