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Shenandoah roundup: Hornets win 20th game in baseball


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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - No. 13/19 Shenandoah University reached the 20-win mark for the ninth straight season thanks to a 6-4 non-league baseball victory over Elizabethtown.

Shenandoah (20-7) had to rally twice to finally dispatch Elizabethtown (11-7).

After the Blue Jays scored two runs in the fourth, SU took its first lead with a three-run fifth.

Michael Paul and Mike Minch had RBI singles before Joey Donofrio put the Hornets on top with a sacrifice fly.

Shenandoah answered a two-run E-Town sixth with two in the seventh to take the lead for good.

Senior Jake Pendergraft had the game-winning hit with a two-run HR to left. Pendergraft's dinger plated Corbin Lucas, who had been hit by a pitch while Pendergraft was on deck.

Freshman Matt Riegler (3-0), who came on in relief of Jeff Stanek, earned the win with 2.0 innings of scoreless relief.

Senior Kyle Scallion recorded the final five outs to earn his second save of the spring.

Scallion had four strikeouts in the 1 2/3 innings pitched and allowed just one hit.

Lucas and Pendergraft each had two hits. Seven of nine starters had at least one hit.

Mark Minisce (2-1) took the loss for the 'Jays. He struck out four in the complete game performance.

The Hornets are now off until hosting future ODAC rival Hampden-Sydney next Thursday night at 6:30.
Women's lacrosse
ASHLAND, Va. - Shenandoah University earned its first-ever women's lacrosse victory over future ODAC rival Randolph-Macon with a 17-11 win Thursday afternoon.

The victory is also the sixth straight for Shenandoah (9-2).

The Hornets led throughout over R-MC (5-4), but needed to withstand a pair of Yellow Jackets rallies.

Leading 5-1 after Samantha Sisson fed Corrinne Kosmowski for a goal at 17:59 of the first, SU saw Macon score three straight to cut the deficit to 5-4 by the 12:07 mark.

Sisson, who finished with a game-high six goals and one assist for seven points, finally snapped the streak with an unassisted tally at 9:21.

The goal would be the first of three straight for Sisson and part of an 11-2 run that gave the Hornets their largest lead, 16-6, with 6:37 remaining.

Unfortunately for Shenandoah, the 'Jackets refused to fold their tents, scoring five straight to make it 16-11 with just under two minutes left.

SU coach Lindsey Lutz then subbed her starting midfield back in, with Sisson winning the ensuing draw and eventually coasting home to the victory.

Mary Kogler, who had three goals, closed the book in the day's scoring with a goal off of a Hanna Poole assist at 1:07.

Ten different women had at least one point on the day.

The Hornets outshot Macon 31-28, split 36 groundballs and saw R-MC win 16 of 30 draws.

SU goalie Ashley Cross made nine saves.

Shenandoah hosts LaGrange on Saturday at 11 a.m. in a USA South Conference contest.

Men's tennis
WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University men's and women's tennis teams split a pair of matches on a perfect Thursday afternoon.

The SU women (5-4, 2-2) swept Mary Baldwin 9-0 in a USA South Conference match while the Hornet men (0-9) fell 9-0 in a non-league tilt versus Southern Virginia.

The women took a 3-0 lead after doubles thanks to a comeback victory from Kayla Green and Ilana Rozin at No. 2.

Green and Rozin found themselves trailing 1-6 before roaring back to win 9-8 (7-2) and secure the third point of the contest.

Rachel Gross won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 before Carla Wong clinched the win with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1.

Kelsey Brewster won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 5 before Shannon Allin rallied for a 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-5) victory at No. 2.

With the match clinched, Green and Rozin both won 10-1 at Nos. 3 and 6, respectively, in 10-game Pro Sets.

The SU men were swept, but had two matches go to a third set tiebreak in singles.

Dustin DeMello fell 6-1, 3-6, 0-1 (1-10) at No. 1 and Vladimir Daskalov 6-4, 4-6, 0-1 (12-14) at No. 2.

Those two men also lost 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.

Southern Virginia improved to 9-1 with the men's victory and Mary Baldwin remains winless at 0-7, 0-5 following the USA South women's loss.

The Shenandoah women play at Peace on Saturday before both teams take on Methodist in Fayettteville, N.C. on Sunday.







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