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SU roundup: Hornets stay alive in ODAC softball tournament

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SALEM -- The Shenandoah University softball team won its first-ever ODAC Tournament contest Friday afternoon with an 8-0 win over Randolph.

The Hornets (25-17) eliminated the WildCats (26-16) with the victory.

The triumph also advances SU to an 11 a.m. Saturday morning contest against the loser of the No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan vs No. 4 Randolph-Macon game. That tilt will be played at 6 p.m. Friday evening.

Shenandoah ended the game in the bottom of the sixth due to the NCAA mercy rule - Heather Sink drove in senior Denise Mitchell from third base with a two-out single up the middle for the final run of the game.

Brittany Guepe and Mitchell had started off the frame with bunt singles before Morgan Coble reached on a fielder's choice that cut down Guepe at first base and Kimberly Brady flied to center.

SU scored one run in the first, four in the third and two in the fourth to set up Sink to end the game early.

In the third, Coble, Sink, Erica Kondzielawa and Lauren McCabe all had RBI singles.

Brady had a two-run dinger in the fourth to put the Hornets just one run away from ending the game early.

The offense was more than enough for junior Stephanie Cameron (16-5), who scattered four hits in the complete game victory. Cameron also struck out three.

Guepe had four of the Hornets 14 hits with Mitchell, Sink and McCabe posting two each.

Coble, Brady and Sink drove in two runs each.

Earlier Friday, No. 12 Roanoke College avoided an early upset in the ODAC Softball Tournament with a 7-6, eight-inning victory over Shenandoah.

Shenandoah led 5-1 after a five-run fourth and after giving up four runs to the third-seeded Maroons in the bottom of the frame, scored one run in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.

Roanoke then used a bunt single, an error and a single up the middle in the bottom of the eighth to score the two runs it needed to win the game.

Stephanie Clark, who started the game in the circle and moved to shortstop in the middle of that five-run SU fourth, singled up the middle to score the winning run Leona Rainey with the winning run.

Rainey had beat out a bunt single to lead off the Maroons eighth.

Senior Jordan Wolford (1-2) took the loss for the Hornets. Coming on in the middle of the fourth for freshman Megan Tripp, Wolford allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk in 4.0 innings of action.

Kelly Higbie (16-5) posted the victory for RC. She allowed the one unearned run (on the placed runner) on four hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Shenandoah had eight hits in the contest, including two each from Denise Mitchell and Kimberly Brady.

Mitchell got the rally started in the fourth by leading off with a single through the left side with Brady driving her in for the Hornets' first run.

Brady, Brittany Guepe, Erica Kondzielawa, Lauren McCabe, Emily Wilson and Madison Bradley all drove in runs for coach Marlena Kotynski.

Clark had a game-high three hits in five at-bats for the victors with Alea Bier driving in three.

Baseball

Bridgewater 4, Shenandoah 3

LYNCHBURG -- No. 23 Shenandoah University saw its ODAC Baseball Tournament hopes end Friday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to No. 23/24 Bridgewater College.

The Hornets (27-12) was one strike away from a one-run win over the top-seeded Eagles (29-10), only to see Bridgewater steal the victory with two singles, two hit batsman and a bases loaded walk.

Freshman Michael Scimanico (5-1), who came on in relief of classmate Cameron Lundmark with two outs and a runner on first, hit the first two batters he faced and then walked ODAC Player of the Year Nick Fulk on four pitches to tie the game.

Brian Sanderson then had an infield single up the middle to allow designated hitter Derrik Walling to score the game-winning run.

Shenandoah had appeared to be in control of the contest as freshman Billy Arens, making just his second start at shortstop this season, had one-out single through the left side in the seventh to score Andrew Creamer with the Hornets third run.

Creamer had led off the SU seventh with a double down the left-field line.

Lundmark, who had taken over for classmate Darrell Thompson in the fourth, was cruising by scattering two hits and striking out two prior to the ninth.

The freshman then got a flyout and a strikeout in the ninth before allowing a Christian Armstrong single to keep BC in the contest. SU skipper Kevin Anderson turned to Scimanico in an attempt to close it out, but the frosh could not record the 27th out.

Creamer and Corbin Lucas both had two hits for the victors with Lucas scoring the Hornets first run and driving in the second on a sixth inning single up the middle.

Bridgewater had four players with two hits each.

ODAC All-Conference team announced

FOREST -- Shenandoah had a pair of baseball players earn All-ODAC honors in selections announced Friday by the league office.

Sophomore Corbin Lucas and freshman Michael Scimanico were named to the third team at outfield and relief pitcher, respectively.

Lucas is the Hornets' leading hitter, posting a .368 average with 57 hits in 155 at-bats.

Lucas also has a team-high 33 RBIs and is second with 15 doubles.

Scimanico, a southpaw, has a co-team-high five wins and has also saved three contests this spring.

He has 35 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings pitched and a 3.69 ERA.


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