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SU roundup: Hornets earn first-ever ODAC baseball sweep


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GREENSBORO, N.C. - No. 19/27 Shenandoah University earned its first-ever Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball sweep with a pair of victories over Guilford College on Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (9-2, 3-1 ODAC) was a 6-5 winner in the opener before taking game two over Guilford, 9-2.

In game one, SU jumped on the Quakers (7-8, 1-3) for two runs each in the third, fourth and sixth innings only to see Guilford make things interesting with a four-run ninth.

With runners on first and second, Hornets closer Cameron Lundmark struck out designated hitter Justin Pittman looking to end the contest and give Shenandoah the 6-5 victory.

Corbin Lucas, Nick Beall and Dan Powers all had two hits each with Lucas also driving in three runs. Lucas a sacrifice fly in the third and a two-run double in the fourth.

Senior Nick McMahon (1-2) earned the win after giving up three runs on eight hits and one walk in 8 1/3 innings of work.

Matt Riegler got the second out of the frame before Lundmark shut the door for his second save of the spring.

SU scored three runs in the first inning of game two and expanded its lead with one in the third, two in the seventh and three more in the ninth, but needed a strong relief appearance from winning pitcher Michael Scimanico (1-0) to secure the win.

Holding a 4-1 lead in the fifth with runners on the corners and no outs, Hornets skipper Kevin Anderson turned to Scimanico and the freshman delivered, getting a pop-out, a line-out and a strikeout to end the Quakers threat.

Scimanico earned the win with three innings of work -- he allowed run one on four hits and one walk against three strikeouts.

Lucas, J.J. McDaniel, Andrew Creamer and Billy Arens all had two hits each with Ricky Pardo leading the offense on the strength of a 3 for 4 game two that including two RBI and two runs scored.

Creamer also drove in a pair on a double in the first and when he was hit by pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth.

Shenandoah continues ODAC play on Wednesday at Eastern Mennonite in a 4 p.m. contest.

Men's lacrosse

WINCHESTER -- The Shenandoah men's lacrosse team continued its strong start to the 2013 season with an 18-4 non-league victory over SUNYIT on Sunday afternoon.

The triumph doubles last season's win total for SU (4-1).

The Hornets wasted little time in jumping on the Wildcats (0-5), as Colin Fowler scored a pair of goals in the opening 3:46 of the contest to give SU a lead it would not relinquish.

SUNYIT got its initial goal at 6:48 of the first, but this would be as close as the squad would get.

Shenandoah reeled off the next 13 goals, holding its visitors scoreless for 27:12, as it lead 15-1 following a Scotty Sweigart to Casey Edsall goal at 9:33 of the third.

The 'Cats scored three of the game's next four goals to close out the third stanza, but SU scored the only two goals of the fourth to coast home to the 14-goal victory.

Coach Mike Kruger had 13 different men register at least one point, led by freshman Matt Justice and his six-goal afternoon.

Fowler added three goals and two assists for five points while Bryan Pope posted two goals and two assists.

The Hornets outshot SUNYIT 58-24, had a 65-37 advantage in groundballs and won 16 of 25 faceoffs.

SU goalies Tyler Quinn and Brett Holmes combined for 12 saves.

Shenandoah hosts another SU, Southwestern (Texas) University on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Women's tennis

WINCHESTER -- Visiting Hollins University spoiled Shenandoah's first-ever ODAC women's tennis match with a 7-2 victory Sunday afternoon at the Lowery Tennis Complex.

Hollins (5-1, 4-1 ODAC) took a 2-1 lead after the doubles thanks to an 8-1 victory at No. 1 and an 8-0 win at No. 2.

Shenandoah (2-1, 0-1) got an 8-1 win from Amber Lake and Rachel Gross at No. 3 to stay within striking distance.

Hollins then clinched the match with victories in the top four singles matches.

Sophomore Kayla Green was the lone Hornet victor in singles, downing Caitlin Hoerr 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5.

Lake's match at No. 6 went to a third set -- Tiffany Hodges took that 10-point set 11-9 to win the match 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (11-9).

The women continue ODAC play with a Tuesday match at Randolph-Macon. The contest will be a doubleheader with the SU men.

Softball

SALISBURY, Md. -- Shenandoah completed its participation in the 2013 Sea Gull softball Classic Saturday with one win in three contests.

Shenandoah (6-6) came back to win the final game, 8-1, over Gettysburg after dropping 9-1 and 4-3 decisions to No. 18 Salisbury University and the University of Scranton, respectively.

Junior Stephanie Cameron (5-1) threw an eight-hitter for the Hornets in the win over the Bullets (0-3). Cameron struck out eight, walked one and allowed just a solo home run in the fifth to post the victory.

SU banged out nine hits and took advantage of four GC errors to score six unearned runs in the victory.

Designated player Kimberly Brady had three hits for the Hornets while junior third baseman Emily Wilson went 2 for 4 with three RBI. Wilson had an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run double in the seventh.

Salisbury (11-0) used a seven-run fourth to key a 9-1 softball victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon in the Hornets opening game of the day.

The Sea Gulls scored two runs in the third, and after SU answered with one in the bottom of that same frame, scored seven runs on just three hits in the fourth to pull away.

The Hornets did not help matters by hitting a batter, issuing three walks and committing two errors in the fourth. Four of Salisbury's seven runs in the frame were unearned.

Brittany Guepe and Madison Bradley, the top two hitters in the Shenandoah lineup, both had two hits in three at-bats.

Amanda Litwin (0-2) took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings of work.

SU is at York (Pa.) on Monday for a non-league doubleheader.

Women's lacrosse

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Host Washington College kept its women's lacrosse record perfect on the 2013 season with a 17-9 non-league win over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

The Shorewomen (4-0) jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back against the Hornets (1-1).

Shenandoah had cut its deficit to just two goals at 6-4 following a Liz Bereit free position goal at 12:02 of the first, but WC scored the next four goals to push its lead to 10-4 with 7:52 remaining.

Bereit snapped the drought with another free position tally, but SU would get no closer than three goals the rest of the way.

Junior Samantha Sisson, with free position goals at 3:06 and 2:12, made it that three-goal deficit before Washington again asserted control with a 3-0 run that sandwiched halftime.

The Hornets two second half goals, by Corrinne Kosmowski and Bereit, also came via free position.

Bereit paced SU with three goals with Sisson and Mary Kogler two each.

The Shorewomen outshot Shenandoah 40-18, scooped up 28 of the game's 42 groundballs and won 17 of 28 draws.

Ashley Cross had 14 saves for the Hornets.

SU is back in action on Tuesday at Frostburg State in another non-league contest.



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