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The Shenandoah University women's and men's basketball teams are set to open their respective ODAC Tournaments tomorrow and Tuesday, respectively.
The SU women, under the direction of first year coach C.K. Calhoun, are the No. 6 seed in their 12-team tournament.
Coach Rob Pryor's men are the No. 12 seed in their tourney and will play on the road at Lynchburg College Tuesday in the opening round of that tournament.
As the sixth seed, Calhoun's Hornets host Hollins University Monday evening at 7 p.m. in an opening round game. The winner of this contest will face No. 3 seed Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals.
The SU women were 59-49 victors over HU on February 2 in the only regular season matchups between the two schools.
The quarterfinals, semis and championship will all be played at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia.
Lynchburg was a 70-51 winner at SU on January 19 in the initial battle of the ODAC men's basketball hornets.
The women's tournament is set for Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday while the men will play Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The women's championship will tip-off at 1 p.m. Sunday and the men's at 3:30.
Tickets for Monday's game at Shingleton Gymnasium against Hollins are $5 and all fans, including season ticket holders, must purchase tickets for entry into the game.
Students will be admitted free with valid student ID.
WINCHESTER - No. 23/27 Shenandoah University opened its 2013 baseball season Saturday afternoon with a non-league doubleheader split with Misercordia University.
The Hornets (1-1) rebounded from a 2-1 loss in the opener to take game two 5-3 over the Cougars (1-1).
A four-run fifth provided SU with all of the offense it would need in the nightcap.
Senior Nick Beall, a pre-season All-America, provided the big blow with a two-run double to left to make the score 3-1.
Shenandoah had tied the game on two walks and two hit batters and completed the scoring on a Michael Paul groundout to second.
Misercordia threatened in both the sixth and seventh, but Matt Riegler induced an inning-ending fielder's choice in the sixth and Cameron Lundmark ended the game by getting a groundball out in the seventh.
Lundmark, the Hornets starting shortstop, came on in relief of Riegler with the bases loaded and got leadoff hitter Chris Boroch to ground to end the contest.
Freshman Ryan Mossman (1-0), who came on for classmate Darrell Thompson, was the winning pitcher in game two. Mossman allowed two runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Riegler recorded the next four outs before turning it over to Lundmark for the final out.
MU did all of its game one damage in the fifth, scoring two runs on four hits and a hit batter off of senior Nick McMahon (0-1).
Shenandoah cut the deficit in half with one run in the seventh and had the tying run at third base when the game ended.
Lundmark had a combined two hits in the doubleheader.
SU hosts Mount Aloysius in a non-league contest Monday afternoon.
Track and field
pair of top five finishes Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Mason-Dixon Championships hosted by Christopher Newport University.
Senior Amanda Theall led the women to a fourth place finish by winning both the shot put and weight events on her way to being named Field Athlete of the Meet.
Theall had tosses of 11.54 meters in the shot and 15.24 meters in the weight to win the two events and become the first SU track athlete to earn "Athlete of the Meet" honors.
Theall won the shot by .65 meters and dominated the weight with a throw of 4.86 meters better than her nearest competitor.
Jaclyn Mohlmann backed up Theall with a third place showing in the 400 and a sixth place finish in the high jump.
Dorothy Earner was third in the 5000 meters to complete the women's top finishes.
On the men's side, the distance medley and 4 x 400 relay teams were both fifth and Evan Griffin second in the shot put.
Griffin's best toss of 12.62 meters was just .04 meters off the pace in the shot.
Both teams are back in action next weekend at the ODAC Championships.
WINCHESTER - The Shenandoah University women's tennis team earned its second win in as many outings this spring with a 7-2 non-conference victory over Hood College Saturday evening.
The Hornets (2-0) started the match with a 2-0 lead as Hood (1-4) defaulted at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
Shenandoah then split the remaining two doubles matches as Rachel Gross and Amber Lake were 8-3 winners at No. 2.
Needing just two wins in the singles to clinch the match, SU received victories in the Nos.2-5 matches to seal the victory.
Gross and Lake were both double winners on the evening with Gross winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 and Lake 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5.
Molly Barb, at No. 2 singles, had the final contested victory of the evening. She was a 7-5, 6-4 victor over Olivia Hosch.
Shenandoah is off until hosting Randolph in its ODAC opener on March 2. This will be the squad's initial outdoor match of the spring as well.