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SU roundup: Bridgewater tops SU in baseball


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BRIDGEWATER -- Host Bridgewater College used a pair of strong innings to key a 9-6 non-league baseball victory over No. 22 Shenandoah University on Thursday afternoon.

The Eagles (9-1) scored five runs in the third and four more in the fourth to down SU (5-4) for the first time since March 6, 2008.

Shenandoah had taken the early lead on a Cory Nelson RBI triple in the top of the third inning before Bridgewater answered with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame off Hornets starter Bryce Sears (1-1).

Sears allowed eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits and one walk in 3 1/3 innings.

Classmate Kyle Gladu pitched the next two innings, giving up one run on three hits, before freshman Matt Riegler recorded the final eight outs.

Gladu registered all four strikeouts for SU pitchers.

The Hornets did make matters interesting with three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth, but could not complete the comeback.

Nelson drove in two of those runs with a two-run home run in the fifth.

In the sixth, Joey Donofrio and Jake Pendergraft hit back-to-back homers.

Shenandoah had the tying run at the plate when the game ended.

Pendergraft had three of the squad's 12 hits on the day.

The Hornets host Ferrum this weekend in a USA South Conference series. The series is scheduled for 1 p.m. games both Saturday and Sunday, but could change based upon the Saturday forecast.

All schedule updates will be posted to www.suhornets.com.

Softball

SU receiving top 25 votes

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Shenandoah softball team is among a group of eight schools receiving top 25 consideration in poll results released earlier this week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Hornets, 2-0 after sweeping Mary Washington in a non-league doubleheader Sunday afternoon, received five votes in the NFCA Top 25 poll this week.

Trine (Ind.) and Virginia Wesleyan are the only two schools ahead of SU and not in the top 25.

Shenandoah faces plays in the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast today and Saturday, where it will face both No. 7 Salisbury and No. 20 Rowan (N.J.).

The Hornets split two games with the Profs last spring in the NCAA Regionals and won one of three games against Salisbury during the 2011 season.

In addition to the SU and Rowan contest, Shenandoah faces Baruch (N.Y.) and Stevenson at the Beach Blast.


Athletics

SU mobile app all set

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Thursday that its mobile game program for spring sports is now fully functional.

The game program, which can be directly accessed on smartphones through a QR code or by navigating to it from the athletics tab of www.suhornets.com, contains rosters, schedules and statistics for the Hornets baseball, men's and women's lacrosse and softball teams.

Men's and women's tennis fans can find both rosters and schedules for both SU and its opponents.

The mobile program contains all of the above information for both home and away contests.

During home games, the sports that have mobile-friendly statistics (baseball, softball and lacrosse) will have cumulative season statistics updated in real time.

This feature will be active for away games for all opponents that are part of the PrestoSports network and use Presto for live stats.

From the schedule tab in the mobile program, fans can also find audio and live stats links (if applicable) to track game progress.

The program is updated each Sunday and generally shows contests in each sport for the next 7-10 days.






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