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SU roundup: McDaniel wins ODAC baseball accolade

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FOREST -- Shenandoah University sophomore J.J. McDaniel has been named Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week for baseball in selections announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

McDaniel, the Hornets' starting second baseman, led SU to a 5-1 week with 14 hits in 25 at-bats for a .560 average.

He had five doubles, a triple and three home runs on the week as Shenandoah defeated Gallaudet, swept an ODAC series with Washington and Lee, topped St. Joseph's (N.Y.) and then split a doubleheader at Farmingdale (N.Y.) State.

In the W&L series, McDaniel was a combined 6-for-9 with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs.

He followed that performance up by hitting for a cycle in the win at St. Joe's.

His 5-for-5 day included two doubles and he is the first SU player to hit for the cycle since 1996.

This is his first ODAC honor.

SU is back in action on Thursday night in the opening round of the ODAC tournament.

Softball

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah softball coach Marlena Kotynski announced Monday that her team will be holding a benefit fundraiser as part of her regular season finale Tuesday afternoon.

Kotynski's Hornets host Catholic University of America Tuesday at 4 p.m., in the final home games of the season and during the non-league doubleheader, the squad will be collecting donations "Beat Cancer with a Bat" program through the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

SU will be wearing special pink jerseys and socks and prior to the game, Brooke and Caitlin Rosenberg will throw out the first pitch.

The Rosenbergs are assistant coach Bill Bankert's grandchildren, and two-year-old Brooke is a cancer survivor. Brooke Rosenberg received a bone marrow donation from her older sister as part of her treatment.

The SU SAAC will be collecting donations during the game and a raffle will be held for four rounds of golf at Winchester Country Club.

Tickets for this raffle, which will run through the end of the week, are $5 each.

"We were attracted to this program because it focuses on all types of cancer research," Kotynski said. "Obviously, this program is important to our team because of coach Bill and his family situation and we recognize that many families have similiar stories.

"We want to invite everyone out to our final home games and support this great cause."

ODAC tournament pairings announced

FOREST -- This week begins three ODAC Tournaments and the Shenandoah baseball, softball and women's lacrosse teams will all be participating in their inaugural ODAC Championships.

Coach Lindsey Lutz' women's lacrosse team headlines these three teams as a No. 2 seed and will play a semi-final round game at home next Saturday.

Lutz' club will face the winner of the No. 3 Roanoke vs No. 6 Randolph-Macon quarterfinal round contest.

Saturday's semi-final is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

Should SU win, the championship game will be played on the campus of the highest remaining seed on May 4.

Like the women's lacrosse team, the baseball squad finished tied for second in the ODAC regular season standings, but Kevin Anderson's squad will be the third seed in the six-team baseball tournament.

The six-team tournament will play a double-elimination format at Lynchburg City Stadium, the home of the Class A Lynchburg Hillcats.

Anderson's Hornets will face No. 4 seed Washington and Lee on Thursday at 6 p.m., in the final game of the opening day of the tournament.

The softball team finished tied for fifth and will be the No. 6 seed in the eight-team double elimination tournament.

This tournament will be contested from Friday through Sunday at the Moyer Complex in Salem.

As the No. 6 seed, Shenandoah will take on third-seeded Roanoke in a first-round contest on Friday at 2 p.m. The winner of this game will take on the winner of the No. 2 Lynchburg vs No. 7 Randolph game at 6 p.m., while the two losing teams from those first-round games will play each other in a 4 p.m., elimination contest.

Golf

CAPE CHARLES -- Shenandoah battled through rain and windy conditions to maintain its seventh place position at the 2013 ODAC Men's Golf Championships on the Palmer Course at Bay Ridge Golf and Resort.

The Hornets improved by seven strokes over the par-72, 6987-yard Palmer Course to shoot a collective 336 on day two of the three-day, 54-hole event.

Guilford, which shot 320 Monday, leads by two strokes over Hampden-Sydney with a combined 625.

Shenandoah has a 679 to find itself one shot in front of eighth place Eastern Mennonite and nine clear of ninth place Roanoke in the 10-team event.

The Hornets trail sixth-place Bridgewater by 24 strokes.

Freshman Cory Hammonds continues to lead SU after posting a 12-over-par 84 for the second straight day. Hammons' 168 is two strokes better than sophomore Wes Licklider, who had another 85 Monday for a 170 total.

Junior Zach Ramey, who was named as the league's Ted Keller Sportsmanship Winner at the post-round awards ceremony, had a SU round two medalist effort with a 10-over-par 82.

Ramey, a Clarke County High School graduate, became the first SU student-athlete to named as an ODAC Sportsmanship Award winner.

This past fall, the field hockey squad earned the university's first team sportsmanship award.

Ramey has played 18 rounds so far this season with an 81.18 stroke average.

His season has been highlighted by a hole-in-one on the final day of the Camp Lejuene Intercollegiate in late March.

Erik Hale rounded out the qualifying scores with an 85.

The tournament concludes Tuesday.


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