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Smith leads SU at Penn Relays


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PHILADELPHIA -- Senior Amy Smith led a group of four Shenandoah University student-athletes competing Thursday at the Penn Relays.

Shenandoah had Smith competing in the women's steeplechase, Josiah Renton and Jake Garcia in the men's steeplechase and Amanda Theall in the women's shot put at the 118th edition of the largest college track meet in the nation.

Competing the college heat that had 16 Division I athletes in the 23-woman field, Smith shattered her own school record with an 11:07.09 to finish 16th overall.

Smith defeated two DI runners and three from DII.

She was the second-best DIII finisher and her new mark breaks her previous best by nearly 15 seconds.

Her time is 15th best in the nation this season for Division III and places her in a position to earn a bid to the national championships.

In the men's race, Renton also set a school mark with a 9:30.50, while Garcia posted a 9:45.28. Renton was 12th and Garcia 16th in the event.

Theall had a toss of 10.66 meters to finish 23rd.

The track and field teams are back in action next weekend at the Mason-Dixon Championships hosted by Gwynedd-Mercy.

Baseball

Shenandoah 14, Stevenson 5

WINCHESTER -- No. 17/21 Shenandoah University ran its winning streak to three games with a 14-5 non-league baseball victory over Stevenson University on Thursday evening.

Shenandoah (29-10), the nation's leader in home runs, hit two dingers against the Mustangs (20-20-2).

Senior Cory Nelson hit the second of those two home runs to tie the career record at SU.

Nelson now has 30 career home runs to tie Scott Van Dusseldorp for the all-time lead at Shenandoah.

Nelson's blast, with one out in the fifth, gave the Hornets a 9-3 lead.

Stevenson had scored one run in the first off of SU starter Vince Claudio (6-1) before the Hornets answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame and another four in the second to take a commanding lead.

Claudio allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk in six innings before turning it over to freshman Matt Riegler for the final nine outs.

Riegler gave up three hits and walked three, but struck out two and got two double plays (including a game-ender) to only face the minimum nine batters.

Shenandoah banged out 17 hits in the win, including at least one by all nine starters and four from senior Jake Pendergraft.

Pendergraft had the Hornets' other home run, taking Stevenson starter Drew Hutton (0-1) deep in the bottom of the second.

Nelson finished his day 3 for 5 with four RBIs on the home run and a double.

Designated hitter Nick Beall was 3 for 4.

SU completes its regular season on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest against Wesley.

Men's lacrosse

Immaculata 10, Shenandoah 8

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah University men's lacrosse team saw its 2012 season come to an end with a 10-8 CSAC loss to Immaculata University on Thursday afternoon.

Immaculata (3-12, 3-4 CSAC) broke open a tie game with the first three goals of the fourth quarter against SU (2-14, 1-6).

The Hornets had taken their last lead of the contest midway through the third thanks to a Courtney Ledden unassisted tally.

Ledden's goal, one of two he had on the afternoon, capped a 4-1 SU run that sandwiched the halftime intermission.

Immaculata had led 3-1 after a Jordon Smith goal 66 seconds into the second quarter before Shenandoah scored three straight in a span of 4:18 to push ahead 4-3 following a Sean Mack goal at 7:05.

The two teams then traded a goal apiece in the third before the Mighty Macs made their run to start the fourth.

Mac Hedrick goals had a pair of goals, the first one assisted by Ledden, to trail just 9-8 with 5:30 remaining.

SU had five shots in the next five minutes, but could not get the equalizing tally.

Immaculata scored its final goal with one second remaining.

The Hornets outshot Immaculata, 39-32, and had a 34-33 advantage in groundballs. The Mighty Macs won 10 of 19 draws.

Tyler Quinn had 14 saves for the hosts.






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