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SU roundup: Hornets sweep past Washington and Lee

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WINCHESTER - No. 25/25 Shenandoah University completed its Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball regular season slate Tuesday evening by sweeping a doubleheader from Washington and Lee.

The Hornets (25-9, 13-7 ODAC) were 28-14 winners in the opener before rallying for a 15-14 victory over the Generals (15-15, 8-9) in the nightcap.

SU scored the game-winning game run in game two in the bottom of the ninth as John Wilt came all the way around from second on a pair errors as W&L attempted to turn a double play on a Nick Beall groundball.

With one out and Wilt on first, Beall grounded the ball to third, where Generals third baseman Mike Savas fielded the ball cleanly but ended up throwing the ball into right as he attempted to cut down Wilt at second.

Wilt then advanced to third, where a wide throw from Joe Scalzo allowed Wilt to scamper home with the game-winning run.

This play capped a wild contest in which Washington & Lee jumped out to an 11-3 lead only to see Shenandoah come all the way back with eight runs in the sixth.

All eight runs came with two outs and SU scored two runs via bases loaded walks and an additional run on a hit batsman with the bases full.

Freshman Cameron Lundmark (1-1) was the winner with 2 2/3 innings of relief work.

Lundmark struck out two and gave up three runs on four hits.

Three of those hits were home runs as the Generals took advantage of favorable wind conditions to hit five dingers in the nightcap.

Game one was even crazier - the two teams combined for 46 hits with 20 going for extra bases.

The Hornets, who had 32 hits, had seven home runs in the opener including two each from Corbin Lucas and J.J. McDaniel.

Lucas had both of his homers in the seventh, following a Nick Beall blast on his first at-bat and then coming up again to hit a second solo shot to right.

McDaniel had a two-run shot in the second and then mashed a three-run dinger in the fourth.

All nine Shenandoah starters had at least three hits in the contest with McDaniel going 5 for 6, Lucas 4 for 6 and Ricky Pardo 4 for 5.

Freshman Matt Wilson (1-0), the fourth of six SU pitchers earned the win. Classmate Michael Scimanico did the heavy lifting though, working the final 3 2/3 to post his third save of the year.

Eleven different men homered in the double-dip with the Generals' Alex Maragos hit two home runs in game one and one in game two.

SU is back in action on Friday at St. Joseph's (L.I.).


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