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SU roundup: Softball Hornets split pair

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WINCHESTER -- No. 25 Shenandoah University celebrated its entrance into the softball national rankings for the first time in school history by splitting a non-league doubleheader with Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday afternoon.

After R-MC (7-3) took Game 1 3-0, the Hornets returned the favor with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap.

Shenandoah (5-1) got all of the offense it would need in the bottom of the first inning in Game 2.

Junior Denise Mitchell doubled to right off of starter Kelly Beard (0-1) and scored when pitcher Jordan Wolford lofted a two-out single to center.

Wolford (3-0) allowed just three hits and walked three in 4 2/3 innings of work.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the fifth, Hornets coach Marlena Kotynski turned to junior Amanda Litwin to snuff out the rally.

Facing No. 3 hitter Sharese Davis, Litwin recorded a strikeout looking to end the threat. She then retired the final six Randolph-Macon hitters in order to record her first save of the season.

Mitchell also scored the final run of the game as she led off the SU sixth with a single and moved to third when R-MC booted the ball in right for a two-base error.

Wolford again drove in the run, this time with a single through the left side.

Game one starter Heather Lewis (6-0) held Shenandoah to just four hits.

Macon got its first run in the fourth on two hits and a walk before scoring a pair of unearned runs in the fifth against senior Brooke Over (2-1).

Over allowed the three runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. She struck out three before turning it over to Litwin.

Offensive, sophomore Morgan Coble had two hits in three at-bats.

Shenandoah is back in action on Friday and Saturday at the Salisbury University Invitational.

Women's lacrosse

Goucher 10, Shenandoah 8

TOWSON, Md. -- Host Goucher College used a four-goal run midway through the first half Wednesday evening to key a 10-8 non-league women's lacrosse victory over Shenandoah.

Shenandoah (3-2) scored the opening two goals of the game, the first coming at 29:47 and the second at 29:02, but Goucher quickly rallied.

The Gophers (2-4) reeled off a four-goal run in a span of 4:03 to take a lead they would not relinquish.

The first three goals of this run were scored in 90 seconds.

Samantha Sisson, who paced SU with three goals, finally snapped this run with an unassisted goal at 8:24.

Unfortunately for the Hornets, Goucher ended the first with goals at 5:24 and :01 to take a 6-3 lead into the halftime locker room.

The Gophers eventually expanded their advantage out to 8-4 before Shenandoah rallied with a three-goal spurt from the 18:23 to 15:33 marks to make it 8-7 in favor of the hosts.

Becca Smith then gave the Gophers some breathing room with goals at 14:41 and 5:13 before Corrinne Kosmowski tallied unassisted at 4:30 to provide the final margin of victory.

SU outshot Goucher, 29-23, had a 26-24 advantage in groundballs and won 11 of 19 groundballs.

Hornets keeper Ashley Cross made nine saves.

Shenandoah hosts Ferrum on Friday in a non-league game beginning at 4 p.m.

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