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SU roundup: Hornets crush visiting Royals


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WINCHESTER -- No. 11/12 Shenandoah University won its sixth Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball game in eight attempts Wednesday afternoon with a 21-5 win over Eastern Mennonite.

The win was actually one of two for the Hornets (13-3, 6-2 ODAC) over EMU (11-10, 1-3) on Wednesday.

Prior to the start of the regularly scheduled contest, the two teams had to complete a suspended game from last week.

With six runs in the top of the 11th, SU dispatched the Royals 13-7 in that contest.

The game was suspended on March 13 in Harrisonburg with the score tied at 7-7 and the Hornets coming to plate in the top of the 10th.

Shenandoah found itself three outs from victory after scoring three runs on two hits, two walks and an EMU error in the 10th.

Except that the Royals had other ideas.

Eastern Mennonite answered with three of its own in the bottom of the frame as it took advantage of four SU errors to tie the contest at 7-7.

The Hornets then banged out the six runs on five hits in the 11th before sophomore Matt Riegler (2-0) worked through a scoreless bottom of the inning to earn the win.

Riegler, the squad's closer, also had the first hit of his collegiate career with an RBI single to right in the top of the inning.

Riegler made his first-ever plate appearance because SU eliminated the designated hitter by inserting Nick Beall into left field in the bottom of the 10th.

Shenandoah jumped to a 5-0 lead in the regularly scheduled game with three runs in the second and two more in the third, but found itself tied as EMU scored three in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Now locked in a 5-5 game, the Hornets completely blew matters open with a 10-spot in the sixth and six more in the eighth.

Coach Kevin Anderson emptied his bench, playing 23 players in the game including five making their first varsity appearance this season.

Shenandoah banged out 18 hits in the victory with J.J. McDaniel getting two hits and three RBIs in four at-bats, and both Beall and Joe Bittner driving in three runs.

Freshman John Wilt was 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

All nine starters got at least one hit.

Michael Scimanico (2-0) earned the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief work. He struck out four.

Thursday's game at Franklin & Marshall has been postponed due to the forecast. SU is back in action on Saturday at Randolph-Macon.

Softball

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah continued its initial ODAC softball slate by splitting a doubleheader with Eastern Mennonite on Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (15-9, 5-3 ODAC) was a 4-2 victor in the opener before EMU (10-7, 1-2) came back to win 17-6 in the nightcap.

Game two was halted after five innings due to the NCAA mercy rule.

The game one win, thanks in large part to 11 strikeouts from junior Stephanie Cameron (10-2), is the 199th of head coach Marlena Kotynski's career.

Eastern Mennonite actually scored the initial runs of the first game, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth before SU answered with three in the bottom of the frame.

Senior Lauren McCabe drove in all three runs with a two-out double to left.

She also drove in the final run of the game with an infield single in the sixth.

The Royals made quick work of game two by scoring 12 runs on seven hits and two crucial Hornets errors.

Junior Brittany Guepe had three hits with Ashley Crawford, Morgan Coble and Kimberly Brady adding two each.

Guepe and Crawford also drove in runs.

Megan Tripp (5-3) took the loss after allowing eight runs (two earned) four hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Tripp struck out two.

Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday at Virginia Wesleyan in another ODAC doubleheader.

Women's tennis

LEXINGTON -- Regionally ranked Washington & Lee kept Shenandoah from earning its first ODAC women's tennis win with a 7-0 victory over the Hornets on Wednesday afternoon.

The Generals (8-2, 6-0 ODAC) did not drop a game in taking out the Hornets (3-6, 0-6).

With the result clinched, the Nos. 5 and 6 matches were not competed.

Shenandoah hosts Lynchburg on Sunday in an ODAC doubleheader with the SU men.



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