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SU roundup 3/28: Hornets crush Catholic


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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 13/19 Shenandoah University scored at least one run in all but one inning Wednesday in a 18-1 non-league baseball victory at Catholic University of America.

Shenandoah (19-7) scored four runs in the first and never looked back against Catholic (13-8).

SU added one in the second, two each in the second, fifth and seventh through ninth innings to give junior Nick McMahon (4-0) a large cushion..

McMahon tossed his second complete game in seven days by allowing one run on seven hits and four walks.

He struck out seven and faced the minimum in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings.

Shenandoah, the nation's leader in double plays, posted twin killings in the fifth and ninth.

Eight of nine starters had at least one hit with Joey Donofrio and Jake Pendergraft both going 4 for 6 on the day.

Pendergraft drove in three with Tucker Brown leading the way with four RBI on a 2 for 3 afternoon.

Pendergraft also had what proved to be the game-winning RBI with a two-run single to right in the first.

Cory Nelson had a 2 for 5 day that included a two-run dinger in the eighth.

The Hornets played 20 people in the game.

SU is back in action tomorrow with a non-league game at Elizabethtown.

Men's lacrosse
WINCHESTER -- Visiting Neumann University scored the final five goals of the game Wednesday to rally for a 7-6 CSAC men's lacrosse victory over Shenandoah.

Shenandoah (0-10, 0-2 CSAC) led 6-2 at the 9:25 mark of the third thanks to an unassisted goal by junior Bryan Pope, but could not hang on against the Knights (4-5, 2-0).

Neumann knotted the contest at 6-6 with the final four goals of the third, and then got the game-winner from Ryan O'Kane with 2:04 remaining.

SU, which had take 30 shots in the first 45 minutes, was held to just six in the final stanza. NU goalkeeper Andrew Neubauer had three of his 12 saves on the day in the fourth to help the Knights steal the victory.

After Neumann had jumped out to a 2-0 lead wiht two goals in the opening five minutes, the Hornets reeled off six straight from the 7:38 mark of the first until Pope's tally 5:35 into the third.

The four-goal lead is the largest Shenandoah has enjoyed this season.

Pope, David Estoclet and Mac Hedrick all had two goals each during this run with Estoclet also setting up Hedrick on one occasion.

Shenandoah goalkeeper Tyler Quinn had six of his 11 saves in the second half.

Neumann outshot SU 39-36 with Shenandoah holding a 38-31 advantage in groundballs.

The Knights won 11 of 17 draws at the faceoff 'x'.

The Hornets host Gwynedd-Mercy on Saturday at 2:00 in another CSAC contest.

Softball
HARRISONBURG -- Future ODAC rival Eastern Mennonite topped Shenandoah University 2-0 in non-league softball action Wednesday afternoon.

The Royals (17-3) scored an unearned run in the fifth before getting a solo HR in the sixth to top SU (14-9).

The two teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but game two was cancelled due to thunderstorms in the area. In game one, there was a 45-minute delay in the middle of the sixth inning because of the same storm cell.

Royals pitcher Lisa Lee (7-2) held the Hornets without a hit until the seventh; sophomore Heather Sink prevented Shenandoah from being no-hit with a one-out single to center.

Lee struck out two and walked one.

Hornets pitcher Brooke Over (6-7) was outstanding, striking out 12 and walking just two in the complete game performance.

Over allowed five hits.

SU is back in action on Saturday with a USA South Conference doubleheader against N.C. Wesleyan.

Lacrosse
WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Wednesday that it will be conducting a fund-raiser around its two lacrosse games this Saturday.

The Hornet women host LaGrange at 11 a.m. before the SU men take on Gwynedd-Mercy at 2 p.m. in a pair of conference contests.

All donations collected during the two contests will be directed to the Beat Cancer with a Stick foundation.

A part of National Foundation for Cancer Research, Beat Cancer with a Stick exists to fund life-saving cancer research.

On Saturday, both teams will wear special t-shirts during pre-game warmups and special shoelaces during their games. The women will also wear specially-dyed socks.

"All of the money collected is going to fund prostate cancer research," head women's coach Lindsey Lutz said.

"My father, Ford West, is currently battling prostate cancer and so this is a cause that is very close to me. I have players on my team in the same position and I know that it has affected family members on the men's team as well.

"Awareness is key to beating this type of cancer. It is going to be a great day of lacrosse and we hope that everyone can come out and support us in this effort."

In addition to collecting donations, educational materials will be given out by game-operations personnel.

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