WINCHESTER - Sixth-seeded Shenandoah University punched its ticket to Salem with a 69-64 ODAC Tournament opening round victory over No. 11 Hollins Monday evening.
Shenandoah (12-14) moves on to the women's tournament quarterfinals, where it will face No. 3 Virginia Wesleyan in the 8:00 game Thursday evening.
The two teams traded the lead four times in the early going of Monday's contest before sophomore Gabrielle Clarke gave the hosts the lead for good with a layup at the 13:22 mark.
Clarke's bucket, one of six she had on the evening, started a 15-5 run over a span of 4:12 that pushed the SU lead out to nine points with 9:10 remaining in the first.
Hollins (9-17) answered with a 6-0 run of its own to stay in the contest, but the Hornets never surrendered the lead.
Shenandoah took a 31-28 advantage into the break, extended the lead out to eight points by 13:04 and then to a game-high 11 with 2:50 remaining following a Holly Chittenden free throw.
HU refused to fold its tents, however, and scored nine of the game's next 11 points to cut the deficit to just four in the final 17 seconds.
SU then clinched the contest with a Nicole Gilbertson block and defensive rebound before she canned one of two from the line to provide the final margin of victory.
Chittenden had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the victors with Crystal Petrus adding 16 points and Clarke 14.
Jasmine Greene, the league's leading scorer, had a game-high 24 for Hollins.
ODAC Tournament passes will be available in the SU Athletics office tomorrow morning - passes are $20 per ticket and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Single game tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the Salem Civic Center box office.
WINCHESTER - No. 23/27 Shenandoah University earned its second straight baseball victory Monday afternoon with a 14-7 non-league win over Mount Aloysius.
Shenandoah (2-1) banged out 13 hits in the victory over the Mounties (0-1) and did all of its offensive damage in the first six innings.
Sophomore Corbin Lucas had the big blow for SU with a grand slam HR in the fifth.
Lucas' grand slam, the first of his career, made the score 11-3 in favor of the hosts.
The Hornets final runs came in the sixth as Nick Beall, Michael Paul and Joe Bittner led off the frame with doubles.
Freshman Phillip Morse (1-0), the first of five men to take the mound for SU on Monday, earned the win. He allowed three runs on five hits and one walk in 5.0 innings of work.
Morse also struck out eight, including two each in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
Steven Walker and Andrew Zarobila both had two strikeouts before Jon Nicholson and Cody Vorous combined to pitch the ninth.
Lucas, Beall, Bittner, Andrew Creamer and John Wilt all had two hits each for the victors with Lucas driving in four runs, Creamer two and Bittner and Wilt one each.
Shenandoah is off until hosting Susquehanna on Saturday in a non-league doubleheader.
Players of the week
Shenandoah University had a pair of student-athletes named ODAC Player of the Week in selections announced Monday afternoon by the league office.
Senior Amanda Theall was named for indoor track & field while freshman Amber Lake garnered the same honor for women's tennis.
Theall was selected after winning both the shot put and weight throw at the Mason-Dixon Championships this past Saturday.
In addition to winning these two events, Theall was named as the Field Athlete of the Meet.
She is the first SU women's track athlete to earn this honor.
Lake is 4-0 this spring after winning two singles matches on February 2 against Shippensburg and another two this past Saturday against Hood.
Her 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory at No. 5 against Shippensburg clinched the 5-4 win for the Hornets.
The tennis team is off until March 2 in its ODAC opener against Randolph while the track & field teams participate in the ODAC Championships at Liberty University Friday.