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SU roundup: Hornets fall in epic ODAC softball finale

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SALEM -- In what is believed to be the longest ODAC game in history, Shenandoah University saw its 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Softball Tournament championship hopes end with an 8-6 championship game loss to No. 17 Virginia Wesleyan.

The Marlins (38-6) scored the winning runs as designated player Lindsey Inzana rocked a 1-0 Stephanie Cameron offering over the left-field fence with two outs in the top of the 19th inning.

Inzana's dinger, her eighth of the season, also plated Tori Higginbotham. Higginbotham had beat out an infield single to lead off the inning.

Cameron (17-6) was a hard-luck loser, having allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 14 2/3 innings pitched.

Cameron pitched the opening 11 2/3 innings, striking out 10 and facing 50 batters, before coming back to start the 17th.

She finished the game with 12 strikeouts.

Megan Tripp pitched the other 4 1/3, scattering three hits.

Shenandoah (27-18) had an excellent chance to win it in the eighth as Denise Mitchell led off with a double off the fence in left center (missing a home run by two feet) and advancing to third on a Morgan Coble sacrifice bunt.

But Mitchell was stranded on third as Heather Sink and Lauren McCabe both popped out.

SU gave up four runs in the top of the 12th, but matched the Marlins with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame.

Senior Lauren McCabe had the game-tying RBI with a two-out single to right.

Mitchell had five of the Hornets' 16 hits with Sink adding three and Brittany Guepe, McCabe and Kimberly Brady two each.

The game lasted 4:45, 530 pitches were thrown and the two teams combined for 137 at-bats.

Mary Shipp, the third pitcher of the day for VWC, got the win. Shipp (2-0) scattered four hits and struck out four in six innings pitched.

Cameron, Mitchell, McCabe, Sink and Guepe all were named to the All-Tournament team.


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