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SU roundup: Hornets upset in ODAC baseball tourney opener

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LYNCHBURG -- Fourth-seeded Washington and Lee registered the second straight upset of the 2013 Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball tournament with a 7-4 victory over No. 23 Shenandoah on Thursday.

The loss puts SU (27-11) into an elimination situation Friday at 2:30 p.m., against top-seeded Bridgewater.

The Eagles opened the tournament Thursday with a 3-1 win over Roanoke and would knock the Hornets out of the tournament with a win in tomorrow's contest.

The Generals (19-15) jumped on Shenandoah starter Philip Morse (3-3) for four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

After W&L added one more in the seventh, the Hornets got back into it with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

SU knocked out Generals starter Ian Shaw (7-3) in the process of that three-run rally, but W&L relievers Cory Smith and Nate Plein combined to get the final eight outs of the contest.

Smith allowed one run on three hits before Plein struck out three in his 1 1/3 innings of work to post his first save of the spring.

Shaw allowed three runs on six hits in 6 1/3. He struck out four.

Michael Paul, Dan Powers and Andrew Creamer all drove in runs in the Shenandoah seventh, Paul on a sacrifice fly, Powers on a triple and Creamer on a double.

Corbin Lucas, who scored the Hornets' second run, drove in the final run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center.

J.J. McDaniel finished the evening 3-for-4, with Powers adding two hits.

Will Salley, who had the final RBI in the Washington and Lee fifth, was 3-for-5 for the victors. Three others: Keegan Dolan, Alex Mait and Joe Scalzo, had two hits each.

Two SU teams earn regional rankings

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Shenandoah baseball and women's lacrosse teams have both earned regional rankings in selections announced Wednesday and Thursday by the NCAA.

Both teams are sixth in their respective regions, baseball in the South and women's lacrosse in the South Atlantic.

Voted on by Regional Advisory Committees and affirmed by the National Committee of the respective sport, these rankings assist the national committee in identifying teams under consideration for the national championships.

The women's lacrosse team, set to host Randolph-Macon on Saturday in the ODAC tournament semifinals, has been ranked sixth in both of the published rankings so far this season.

The baseball team, which opened ODAC Tournament play with a loss against Washington and Lee on Thursday, appears in the initial published ranking of their season.

The tournament fields in both sports will be announced in May.

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