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Shenandoah roundup: Van Sickler pitches SU to win

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WINCHESTER -- No. 4/6 Shenandoah University ran its season-opening winning streak to 10 games Friday afternoon with a 15-0 USA South Conference victory over N.C. Wesleyan.

For Shenandoah (10-0, 3-0 USA South), it is the second straight contest it has stopped early due to the USA South Conference mercy rule.

The Hornets scored five runs in the first, one in the second and five more in the third to take a commanding lead over the Bishops (4-10, 1-2).

The offense proved all starting pitcher Greg Van Sickler (4-0) would need, as he scattered four singles in the complete game victory.

Van Sickler struck out seven, did not walk a batter and also drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a first-inning single to right center.

The RBI single was one of three hits Van Sickler had on the day and one of 20 that SU pounded out against four NCWC pitchers.

Eight of nine Shenandoah starters had at least one hit with Joey Donofrio, Van Sickler, Cory Nelson and Nick Beall getting three hits each.

Senior Clint DeHaven and sophomore Kurt Krout both had two hits with one of them being a home run.

DeHaven had a three-run HR in the first and Krout a solo shot in the sixth.

Bishops starter Andrew Webb (2-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

These two teams complete the weekend series with a 1 p.m. game today. Vince Claudio (1-0) is the Hornets' scheduled starting pitcher.

Softball

NORFOLK -- The Shenandoah softball team came back to salvage a Day 1 split at the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast with a 5-1 victory over Frostburg State Friday night.

Junior Brooke Over tossed a complete game in the win over the Bobcats (1-3), striking out 12 against just four hits to improve to 3-0 this spring.

Over also walked four and allowed one run.

The SU offense got all of the offense Over needed in the first inning when sophomore Jordan Wolford had a two-run double to right center to score Morgan Coble and Jolisa Jones.

Coble, a freshman starting her first game, had two of the Hornets' eight hits while Ashley Plaugher and Cat Pruiett were 2 for 4 and 2 for 3, respectively.

In Friday's first game, Stevenson made its early lead stand up in a 5-4 non-conference softball victory over the Hornets.

Stevenson (2-0) scored two runs in the second, one in the third and two more in the fourth and then held on over the Hornets (4-1).

Shenandoah got itself back in it with two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth, but could not get the game-tying run.

Senior Jolisa Jones paced the Hornets in the loss with two hits in three at-bats while Wolford drove in a run with a fourth inning double to right center.

SU was held to four hits on the day.

Junior Misty Judd (1-1) was the losing pitcher after allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks in three innings.

Shenandoah completes the tournament today with games against Salisbury at 2 p.m. and a matchup against Roanoke at 4 p.m.


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