SU roundup: Hornets win slugfest at home

^ Posted Feb. 25

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WINCHESTER -- No. 23/27 Shenandoah University won its fifth straight baseball game Monday afternoon with an 18-13 non-league victory over Elizabethtown College.

Shenandoah (5-1) was forced to rally with five runs in the seventh after coughing up an eight-run lead to the Blue Jays (0-3).

The Hornets, on the strength of an eight-run second and four more in the fifth, looked to be cruising to the victory.

Unfortunately, Elizabethtown had other ideas.

The Jays had their first nine men that came to the plate in the seventh reach base safely and hit a pair of three-run home runs to tie the game at 13-13.

Shenandoah went through four pitchers in the frame and did not get out of it until sophomore closer Matt Riegler (1-0) got a strikeout and a groundout to finally put out the fire.

SU answered in the bottom half of the inning with five runs on three hits - sophomore Mikey Paul put his club on stop to stay with a two-run double to left center.

Prior to the seventh, Shenandoah did most of its damage in the second - the Hornets sent 11 men to the plate and scored eight runs on six extra-base hits.

Sophomore Daniel Freshley got matters started with a solo home run to left, and on his second at-bat of the frame drilled a double into the left-center gap for the final run of the inning.

In between those two hits, SU had two triples and two doubles along with a walk, a hit batsman and one batter reaching via error on an attempted sacrifice.

The Hornets added four more runs on three hits and another E-town error in the fifth - junior Andrew Creamer drove in a pair with a one-out single up the middle.

Riegler worked a perfect eighth and ninth to secure his first victory of the spring.

Freshman Phillip Morse was in position for the win, having left with a 12-4 lead, but was left with a no decision after Elizabethtown rallied in the seventh.

Morse allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings of work while striking out three and retiring eight of the final nine batters he faced in order.

The Hornets had 16 hits on the night with all nine starters getting at least one hit. Center fielder Corbin Lucas finished his day 4 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Eight of the nine SU starters also drove in at least one run each.

Shenandoah opens up Old Dominion Athletic Conference play on Sunday at Roanoke in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Golf

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Shenandoah golf team opened up its 2013 spring season Monday by shooting a collective 327 at the Georgetown College Invitational.

Playing on the par-72, 6,772-yard PGA World Golf Hall of Fame course, SU had its four qualifying scores within two strokes of one another.

Junior Zach Ramey and sophomore transfer Wes Licklider, a pair of local players, paced the Hornets by each carding nine-over-par 81.

Freshmen Cory Hammons and Cameron Wiseman, both Sherando High School graduates, rounded out the qualifying scores with an 82 and an 83, respectively.

Erik Hale had a 92 that did not count towards the team total.

The two-day, 36-hole event concludes tomorrow.








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