SU roundup: Hornets crush Virginia Wesleyan in baseball

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VIRGINIA BEACH – No. 19/26 Shenandoah University completed an undefeated baseball week with a 21-5 ODAC victory at Virginia Wesleyan Sunday afternoon.

Shenandoah (18-4, 10-1 ODAC) scored 10 runs in the first three innings and never looked back against VWC (9-16, 3-7).

Game time was 3:50 and since the contest did not start until 3 p.m., game two was postponed.

The Hornets banged out 23 hits in the victory over the Marlins, including at least one by all nine starters.

Junior Michael Paul, the two-time ODAC Player of the Week, led the attack with a 4 for 7 day that included four RBI and two runs scored.

His hitting streak now stands at 24 games.

The top four hitters in the SU lineup were a combined 9 for 19 with eight runs scored and eight RBI.

Sophomore Darrell Thompson (5-1) struck out nine and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in 7.0 innings to earn the victory.

He turned it over to senior Cody Vorous for the final six outs. Vorous struck out three.

Leading 2-1 after two, Shenandoah put the game away with an eight-run third. Coach Kevin Anderson’s club sent 14 men to the plate in the frame with Paul and Andrew Creamer both getting two hits each.

Creamer had a three-run triple in his first at-bat and a single through the right side in his second turn.

Paul, after lacing a single up the middle in his first time up, drove in two runs with another single in his second time up.

Catcher Daniel Freshley was 3 for 5 with four RBI, three of which came on a three-run HR in the fifth.

Shenandoah is back in action on Tuesday at Bridgewater.

Men’s tennis
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Hampden-Sydney kept its ODAC men’s tennis record perfect on the season with a 9-0 victory over Shenandoah on Sunday afternoon in a neutral site match played outside of Charlottesville.

The Tigers (4-2, 4-0 ODAC) opened with 8-3 and 8-2 victories in the top two doubles matches to sweep the doubles point from SU (2-5, 0-4).

Shenandoah defaulted at both No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.

H-SC then clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-0 win from Fitzhugh Johnson at No. 2 singles.

The closest match came at No. 3 singles where Zach O’Neal fell 6-3, 6-3.

SU is back in action on Tuesday at Bridgewater.

Men’s golf
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – The Shenandoah University men’s golf team completed its participation Sunday in the 43rd Annual Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate Golf Championships with a collective 312.

Playing the par-72, 7040-yard Gold course Sunday, the Hornets had two scores in the 70s and two scores in the 80s to make up the 312 total.

The finish gave coach Scott Singhass’ club squad a best-ever third place showing in the Scarlet Division of the tournament.

The tournament, originally scheduled for 54-holes, was shortened to a 36-hole event due to extensive rains in the Jacksonville, N.C. area.

Each team in the tournament played one round on the Gold course and one round on the par-70, 6011-yard Scarlet course. SU had a 290 on Friday on the Scarlet course to stand in ninth place of the 16 teams that started the tournament on that track.

The Hornets were 19th overall in the 32-team tournament.

Sophomore Evan Cocke paced Shenandoah on Sunday with a two-under-par 70 with classmate Doc Schulte carding a six-over-par 78.

Cocke earned Scarlet medalist honors with his two-day total of 72-70–142.

Brennan Lloyd and Adam Flees rounded out the Hornets qualifying scores by both shooting 82 with Zach Ramey’s 90 not counting toward the team total.

The squad is back on the course this coming weekend at the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational. This two-day tournament will be the squad’s penultimate tournament prior to the ODAC Championships.

Men’s lacrosse
LYNCHBURG – No. 6 Lynchburg College held Shenandoah University scoreless in the opening half of a 24-2 ODAC men’s lacrosse victory Sunday afternoon.

LC (7-3, 2-0 ODAC) scored the initial 20 goals of the game before Stephen LaTona scored unassisted for SU (5-6, 1-2) at the 6:27 mark of the third.

Drew Brooks, off of a Tilghman Sanders assist, had the other goal for SU. Brooks made it 22-2 with his goal at 6:40 of the fourth.

Lynchburg outshot its visitors 61-18, had a 50-24 advantage in groundballs and won 23 of 30 faceoffs.

Sophomore Dom Lombardi had a team-high three groundballs for coach Tim Marshall’s club.

Three players: Lombardi, Eric Hobby and Kyle Shea, forced two turnovers each.

Shenandoah continues its difficult schedule this Wednesday when it hosts No. 18 Roanoke in a 7:00 ODAC contest. This game is the second half of an ODAC doubleheader with the SU women, who host Bridgewater at 4.

Track and field
TOWSON, Md. – The Shenandoah University outdoor track & field teams continued their seasons Saturday with fourth and sixth place finishes at the Goucher College Invitational.

The SU men had 68 points to finish fourth of 11 teams while the Hornet women had 64 points to come in sixth of nine scoring teams.

The men had a total of eight top five finishes, led by an Evan Griffin win in the hammer throw.

Griffin tossed the hammer 47.73 meters to win that event and was fourth in the shot put at 11.26 meters.

Everton Eastwood had a pair of third place finishes, in the 100 and 200 meters. He posted times of 11.42 and 23.09 seconds, respectively.

Kirk Lewis was third in the javelin at 46.79 meters with Enock Prempeh fourth in the triple jump at 11.70 meters.

Matthew Gussiaas rounded out the top five finishers with a fourth in the 5000 meters at 17:00.10.

Finally, the 4 x 400 meter relay team was second at 3:26.74.

On the women’s side, senior Dorothy Earner won the 3000 meters at 11:09.74 and was second in the 1500 with a 5:12.06.

Junior Jaclyn Mohlmann had a pair of top four finishes, finishing third in the 400 meters, 61.37 seconds, and fourth in the javelin throw, 28.68 meters.

Alicia Feliciano and Danyelle McGrady completed the women’s individual top finishes with second place showings in the hammer and javelin, respectively.

Feliciano had a 37.56 hammer throw and McGrady 31.44 meters in the javelin.

The 4 x 100 meter relay team was fifth overall.

Both teams are back in action next weekend at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational.

Women’s tennis
WINCHESTER – Host Shenandoah University saw its five-match women’s tennis winning streak end Saturday night in a 5-0 ODAC loss to Bridgewater College.

Forced to the indoor courts at Winchester Country Club due to the extensive rainstorm, Shenandoah (6-2, 2-2 ODAC) saw the Eagles (7-2, 4-1) jump out to a 3-0 lead by sweeping the doubles.

BC lost just five games (and only a combined two at Nos. 1 and 2) in taking those three matches.

Amy Rapp and Caitlin Tilton, at No. 3, had the closest doubles match, losing 8-4 to Holly Knupp and Whitney Cash.

The Eagles then clinched the victory with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles.

The remaining matches, at Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 6, were unfinished.

Shenandoah is returns to the courts with a non-league match at McDaniel on Monday.

Women’s lacrosse
WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah University women’s lacrosse team earned its second shutout victory of the season with a 19-0 ODAC win over Hollins Saturday afternoon.

Shenandoah (5-6, 2-2 ODAC) wasted little time in jumping on Hollins (0-6, 0-5) in rainy conditions on the Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium turf.

SU scored seven goals in the opening 8:55 of the contest with five different women finding the back of the net during this opening run.

Senior Samantha Donaghy, who led all players with five goals, had a hat trick as the hosts quickly took total control of the contest.

Coach Lindsey Lutz’ club then elected to play possession lacrosse for the remainder of the half and scored three goals in the final 5:59 of the stanza.

Shenandoah outshot HU 24-5, had a 10-6 advantage in groundballs and won 14 of 21 draw controls.

Eight different women registered at least one point with Liz Bereit pacing this group with three goals and four assists for seven points.

In addition to Donaghy’s five goals, freshman Becky Bove had four goals and one assist.

Ashley Cross had to make just three saves, none of them difficult, to post her fourth career shutout.

SU is back in action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in an ODAC contest against Bridgewater.