SU roundup: Hornets open baseball season with sweep

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WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University opened up its 2014 baseball season Monday afternoon by sweeping a non-league doubleheader from Susquehanna University.

The Hornets (2-0) were 3-0 winners in the opener before taking game two 7-1.

Senior Vince Claudio was dominant in game one, striking out 12 and allowing just one hit in the complete-game victory.

Claudio (1-0) faced just two batters over the minimum in earning his first victory after missing all of last season following Tommy John surgery.

He struck out the side in both the fifth and seventh and had at least one strikeout in all but one inning.

Junior Corbin Lucas drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a double into the right-center gap in the third.

Lucas plated John Wilt, who singled through the right side before stealing second.

Eight of nine starters had at least one hit with Lucas getting two in four at-bats.

Coach Kevin Anderson’s club scored two runs in the first, two more in the fourth and three in the sixth to key the 7-1 romp in Game 2.

Lucas, Michael Paul and Joe Bittner all had two hits with Bittner driving in a pair of runs.

Senior Andrew Creamer drove in a pair of runs with a double to left center in the sixth.

Sophomore Darrell Thompson (1-0) pitched the first six innings of the nightcap, allowing the one run on three hits and one walk.

He struck out five.

Senior Cody Vorous worked a scoreless seventh to close out the sweep.

Susquehanna falls to 0-2 with the two losses.

Shenandoah hosts Mount Aloysius tomorrow at 3 p.m.


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The Shenandoah men’s golf team opened up its 2014 spring season Monday afternoon with a collective 323 on Day 1 of the Georgetown College Invitational at the PGA World Golf Hall of Fame.

Junior Wes Licklider paced SU over the par-72, 6,939-yard Squire and Slammer course at the HoF with a six-over-par 78.

Erik Hale had a 79 and both Adam Flees and Zach Ramey carded 83s to round out the Hornets’ score.

John Judy had an 88 that did not count toward the team total.

William Cary leads the tournament with a 314.

The tournament concludes today.

Men’s lacrosse

WINCHESTER — Visiting Hanover College rallied for a 9-8 non-league men’s lacrosse victory over Shenandoah on Monday afternoon.

The Panthers (1-0) scored with 75 seconds remaining to snap Shenandoah’s two-game winning streak to start the season.

SU (2-1) had led by three goals at one point only to see Hanover roar back in the second half.

Taking a 6-3 lead into the half thanks to a four-goal second period, the Hornets were held scoreless for the opening 17:28 of the second half.

In that time, Hanover scored four straight to turn its three-goal deficit into a one-goal lead.

Terrence Mulvey opened the fourth with a goal off of a Frank Tejera assist to knot the game at 7-7 before Hanover again jumped in front with a Nick Hermes goal at 9:52.

Tilghman Sanders scored unassisted for the hosts at 8:26, setting the stage for Josh Green to score the game-winner for the visitors at the 1:15 mark.

Green finished off a cross-crease feed from Frank Vest on a fast break to score the winning goal.

Stephen LaTona, who was named as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week earlier in the day, and two goals and two assists for the Hornets.

Tejera matched LaTona’s production while Mulvey had two goals.

SU took 31 of the game’s 60 shots and also held a slight, 33-32, advantage in groundballs.

The Hornets were 12 of 21 at the faceoff ‘x.’

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. non-league game against Frostburg State.

LaTona named ODAC Player of the Week

FOREST – Freshman attackman Stephen LaTona has been named ODAC Player of the Week for men’s lacrosse in selections announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

LaTona becomes the first-ever men’s lacrosse player to earn ODAC Player of the Week honors after scoring 10 goals and dishing out five assists in the Hornets’ 23-1 and 16-4 season-opening victories over Southern Virginia and Alvernia, respectively.

LaTona had five goals and one assist in the season opener last Tuesday at Southern Virginia before dishing out five goals and four assists in the Alvernia contest.

Monday afternoon, on the heels of being named ODAC Player of the Week, LaTona had two goals and two assists in the Hanover contest.

The freshman currently leads the ODAC in scoring.